Notebook, 1993-



An Expression, Style, Form, Manner - which is peculiar to itself in meaning or technically [i.e., grammatically or by medium or instrument, or in period or movement, etc.] . . . . Language peculiar to a people, community, culture, etc. . . . . Dialect . . . . Syntactical, Grammatical or Structural Form peculiar to a language

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Idiom n [MF & LL; MF idiome, fr. LL idioma individual peculiarity of language, fr. Gk idiómat-, idióma, fr. idiousthai to appropriate, fr. idios] [1588] 1a: the language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class: Dialect b: the syntactical , grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language 2: an expression in the usuage of a language that is peculiar to itself either grammatically [as no, it wasn't me] or in having a meaning that can not be derived from the cojoined meanings of its elements [as Monday week for "The Monday a week after next Monday"] 3: a style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement, or a medium or instrument [the modern jazz __]; broadly: Manner, Style [a new culinary __] [Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]



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