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- a modifying word that undermines or contradicts the meaning of the word, phrase, or clause it accompanies (such as "genuine leatherette"): weasel word
- an utterance that has the form of a question but the force of a statement (Are you crazy?): queclarative
- a clause that contains a subordinate (or embedded) clause: matrix
- a simplified version of English spelling that omits letters not needed to represent pronunciation (as in lernng to read and rite): Cut Spelling
- two words that differ in only one sound (such as writer and rider): minimal pair
- a word or name that is secretly used to refer to a particular person, place, activity, or thing (such as Radiance and Rosebud, the Secret Service code names for President Obama's daughters): cryptonym
- the view that grammatical constructions do not have strict boundaries but occur on a continuum: squish
- a nonstandard verb form (usually the present participle) in which the base is preceded by the prefix a- (such as Bob Dylan's "I'm a-thinkin' and a-wonderin' all the way down the road"): a-verbing
You'll find examples and explanations of these and over 1,000 other language-related words and phrases in our Glossary of Grammatical & Rhetorical Terms.
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