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idiolect (ID-ee-uh-lekt) noun

Language usage pattern unique to a person.

[From Greek idio- (personal, peculiar) + dialect (language unique to a group of people).]

"See the unique way you put words together? That's your idiolect: your personal dialect. That's your language; no one else has it." Chris Redgate, The Red Pencil, The Washington Post, May 17, 2001.

This week's theme: words about words.


As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day. -Van Wyck Brooks, writer, critic (1886-1963)

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