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archaic
language that is outdated, no longer
          commonly used
bombastic
language that sounds arrogant, like you’re
        trying to impress someone
colloquial
language that is ordinary and familiar;
          everyday language
cultured
educated, polished, refined, sophisticated
                 language
detached
language that is unemotional, distant
esoteric
language that has hidden meanings; private,
             secret, confidential
euphemistic
language that is used to politely talk about
  something that is usually really offensive
homespun
language that is plain, unsophisticated; the
    way an “Average Joe” would speak
idiomatic
 using many idioms, which are sort of
  unusual expressions or sayings in a
particular language (like “It’s raining cats
                and dogs”)
insipid
language that is dull and uninteresting
jargon
language that comes from a specialized field
    that people within that field are familiar
      with (computers, sports, business)
learned
sophisticated, academic language
moralistic
  language that tries to teach morals or
right/wrong; writing that preaches a sort of
            message about life
obscure
language that has hidden meanings that are
           difficult to understand
obtuse
language that lacks intelligence or significant
            meaning; dull writing
pedantic
language that is overly concerned with little
    details and sounding really academic;
  language in which a person trying to show
     off how s/he is by using “big words”
pretentious
writing that exaggerates how smart a person
      is; when a person is trying to sound
              superior and brilliant
sensuous
writing that appeals to the senses, especially
   writing that creates a sexual or seductive
                   mood/tone
trite
language that is worn out, full of cliches;
 language that doesn’t really say anything
                 important
vulgar
language that is offensive

				
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