In a previous topic, people discussed their pet peeves, but that's not what this post is about. The idea is not to list (or rant about...) the ways in which others use language incorrectly or...
In a previous topic, people discussed their pet peeves, but that's not what this post is about. The idea is not to list (or rant about...) the ways in which others use language incorrectly or annoyingly, but rather to talk about our own habits and preferences both in writing and in speech.
- How do you like to talk (complex, simple, formal, informal, brief, lengthy...), and what do you like or dislike listening to?
- Do you have certain words or phrasing patterns that you either love or avoid at all costs?
- Do you have a tendency to be overly formal? Conversely, are you often too informal, or use too much slang?
- Do you have an inner dialogue?
- If so, how does it sound?
- Do you think exclusively in your mother tongue? If not, which situations bring up specific languages in your head?
- How do you adapt your patterns to different contexts (formal, informal, social, professional, etc)?
- Does that come easy for you?
- Do you prefer to be addressed by specific pronouns which people often get wrong?
- Do you clearly differentiate between serious and jokeful registers?
- Do you use phrasing and tone of voice to differentiate between the two? Does it work?
- Do you sometimes talk too much or too little?
- Do you make a lot of faux pas?
So, what are your linguistic idiosyncrasies? In what ways is your use of language particular, odd, or peculiar? Let's begin!