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body language

Any gesture, posture, or movement of the body or face to nonverbally communicate emotions, information, or emphasis. His voice was calm and steady, but his body language was quite hostile and threatening. Many US presidents develop signature body language that one can easily recognize when they are speaking in public.
See also: body, language

loaded language

Words that are used in an attempt to sway someone, often by appealing to their emotions. Once you're able to recognize loaded language, you'll be far less likely to be fooled by commercials and politicians.
See also: language, loaded

private language

1. A way of communicating that is shared between and understood by only a few people. My sister and I have had our own private language ever since we were girls—our brothers still can't understand it! After working together for so many years, Ellen and I have a private language that is all our own.
2. philosophy A type of inner language only comprehensible to a single person. The concept was introduced by Ludwig Wittgenstein, who argued that it could not exist. The concept of private language is still a topic of debate among philosophers, especially due to its potential ramifications for metaphysics.
See also: language, private

artificial language

A language devised for a specific purpose, such as computer programming. We need to develop an artificial language for this coding project.
See also: language

speak the same language

To share or understand one another's opinions, values, beliefs, tastes, etc. A: "I say we stop here and order a couple bottles of wine." B: "You and I are speaking the same language." Bill and my dad are getting along very well together. They're both obsessed with hockey, so they speak the same language.
See also: language, same, speak

mind (one's) language

To speak in a calm and polite manner; to not speak in a rude, hostile, or inflammatory manner. You mind your language, young lady, or you'll be grounded for the weekend! We've been trying to mind our language around the kids. They're at the age now where they'll start repeating everything we say!
See also: language, mind

watch (one's) language

To speak in a calm and polite manner; to not speak in a rude, hostile, or inflammatory manner. You watch your language, young lady, or you'll be grounded for the weekend! We've been trying to watch our language around the kids. They're at the age now where they'll start repeating everything we say!
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*in plain language

 and *in plain English
Fig. in simple, clear, and straightforward language. (*Typically: be ~; put something [into] ~; say something ~; write something ~.) That's too confusing. Please say it again in plain English. Tell me again in plain language.
See also: language, plain

language that would fry bacon

Rur. profanity; swearing; curse words. ("Hot" language.) He carried on in language that would fry bacon. I was shocked when I heard that sweet little girl use language that would fry bacon.
See also: bacon, fry, language, that

speak someone's language

Fig. to say something that one agrees with or understands. I gotcha. Now you're speaking my language. Mary speaks Fred's language. They get along fine.
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speak the same language

 
1. Lit. [for two or more people] to communicate in a shared language. These two people don't speak the same language and need an interpreter.
2. Fig. [for people] to have similar ideas, tastes, etc. Jane and Jack get along very well. They really speak the same language about almost everything. Bob and his father didn't speak the same language when it comes to politics.
See also: language, same, speak

use foul language

Euph. to swear. There's no need to use foul language. When she gets angry, she tends to use foul language.
See also: foul, language, use

use strong language

Euph. to swear, threaten, or use abusive language. I wish you wouldn't use strong language in front of the children. If you feel that you have to use strong language with the manager, perhaps you had better let me do the talking.
See also: language, strong, use

Watch your mouth!

 and Watch your tongue! Watch your language!
Inf. Pay attention to what you are saying!; Do not say anything rude! Hey, don't talk that way! Watch your mouth! Watch your tongue, garbage mouth!
See also: watch

speak the same language

Understand one another very well, agree with each other, as in Negotiations went on for days, but finally both sides realized they weren't speaking the same language . This term, alluding to literal understanding of spoken words, dates from the late 1800s.
See also: language, same, speak

speak the same language

If people speak the same language, they have the same views about things or want to achieve the same things. Like Castle, Wilson had been brought up in a similar way, and they spoke the same language. We have to make sure that the seller and the customer are both speaking the same language.
See also: language, same, speak

speak the same language

understand one another as a result of shared opinions and values.
1990 New Age Journal I translate between Greenpeace-speak and record industry-speak, because the two groups just don't speak the same language.
See also: language, same, speak

mind/watch your ˈlanguage

be careful about what you say in order not to upset or offend somebody: Watch your language, young man!
See also: language, mind, watch

speak/talk the same/a different ˈlanguage

share/not share ideas, experiences, opinions, etc., that make real communication or understanding possible: Unions and managers are at last beginning to speak the same language.Artists and scientists simply talk a different language.

speak someone’s language

tv. to say something that one agrees with or understands. I gotcha. Now you’re speaking my language.
See also: language, speak

Watch your mouth!

and Watch your tongue!
exclam. Pay attention to what you are saying!; Do not say anything rude! Hey, don’t talk that way! Watch your mouth! Listen, potty-mouth! Watch your tongue!
See also: watch
References in classic literature ?
Just the same account of language is given in Professor Watson's more recent book (reference above).
In this and other ways the understanding of a word often comes to be quite free from imagery; but in first learning the use of language it would seem that imagery always plays a very important part.
But it is unnecessary to prolong the catalogue of the uses of language in thought.
It is easy, however, to be misled by grammar, particularly if all the languages we know belong to one family.
Sayce maintained that all European philosophy since Aristotle has been dominated by the fact that the philosophers spoke Indo-European languages, and therefore supposed the world, like the sentences they were used to, necessarily divisible into subjects and predicates.
Now that is a good idea; and a good idea, in this language, is necessarily conspicuous from its lonesomeness.
The inventor of the language probably got what he knew about a conscience from hearsay.
In the German it is true that by some oversight of the inventor of the language, a Woman is a female; but a Wife (Weib) is not--which is unfortunate.
There are some exceedingly useful words in this language.
If I had not shown that the German is a difficult language, I have at least intended to do so.
of this formal jargon were all taken from the French language.
The French,'' said the Templar, raising his voice with the presumptuous and authoritative tone which he used upon all occasions, ``is not only the natural language of the chase, but that of love and of war, in which ladies should be won and enemies defied.
knave, fill the goblets To the strong in arms, Sir Templar, be their race or language what it will, who now bear them best in Palestine among the champions of the Cross
It is impossible for language to describe the bitter scowl of rage which rendered yet darker the swarthy countenance of the Templar.
and passing onward, as if disdaining farther conference, he communed with his Moslem slaves in a language unknown to the bystanders.