from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A particular word, phrase, or expression, especially one that is used by a particular person or group.
- n. Style of speaking; phraseology.
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- n. speech or discourse; a phrase; a form or mode of expression.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Speech or discourse; a phrase; a form or mode of expression.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of speaking.
- n. Discourse; form or mode of speaking; phraseology; a phrase.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
Republicans, who have come up with the mid-term locution of "Pledge to America" to appropriate a populist tone, have meanwhile, called for an end of the "government takeover" of Fannie and Freddie and a "shrinking of their portfolios."
But we call a locution ˜proper™ when we use it according to the signification properly and principally given to it, and we call a locution ˜improper™ when we use it otherwise, although we legitimately can use it otherwise.
The preceding locution is established Mazzinian; the following clearly mine.
If it is true that “woof ticket” did not emerge into the mainstream print media until the 1980s and 1990s sources you cited, I would consider it a fascinating example of a short-lived slang locution entering written usage decades after it had achieved obsolescence in its original oral context.
When terms which signify mixed perfections are predicated of God, the analogy becomes so faint that the locution is a mere metaphor.
Figures like Gracie Allen on Burns and Allen, as well as Jane Ace, known as "radio's mistress of misinformation" on The Easy Aces, simply turned that kind of locution into a routine in the 1930s.
From Rush Limbaugh to Kenneth Blackwell, conservatives are openly voicing their hope that the government will fail to address the downturn (which led Steve Benen to wonder, but to his "locution" and "rhetoric."
Credit is believed to be an exceptional example of this phenomenon, a rare instance of an ancient locution in Indo-European: *kerd- (“heart”) + *dhē- (“put”), meaning something like “to set the heart,” and thus “to place trust (in).”
I hope that I never use the locution "America's health care problem."
But, to borrow a locution from Daniel Gross, "One would be very hard-pressed to find a serious professional historian -- I mean a serious historian, not a think-tank wanker, not an economist" who would argue that the New Deal consisted primarily of deposit insurance, going off the gold standard, and taking the foot off the monetary and fiscal brakes.