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The use of informal expressions appropriate to everyday speech rather than to the formality of writing, and differing in pronunciation, vocabulary, or grammar. An example is Rudyard Kipling's ballad beginningWhen 'Omer smote 'is bloomin’ lyre He'd 'eard men sing by land and sea;An' what he thought 'e might require, 'E went an’ took—the same as me!See also demotic, diction.

Subjects: Literature.

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