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  • n. the instinctive or intuitive grasp of the natural idiom of a language

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  • n. an intuitive feeling for the natural idiom of a language


Borrowing from German Sprachgefühl (Wiktionary)


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  • Sprachgefühl has arguably been brought to light by David Foster Wallace's "snoot" acronym, which stands for either "Sprachgefühl Necessitates Our Ongoing Tendance" or "Syntax Nudniks of Our Time."

    January 14, 2014