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Tuesday, June 15

Parlance

[PAR-ləns]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, 16th century

1.

A particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest

Examples of Parlance in a sentence

"Sarah wasn’t used to the parlance in the medical journal."

"The parlance of the mental health field is becoming easier for the general public to understand."

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About Parlance

Parlance derives from the Old French “parler,” meaning “speak,” and from the Latin noun “parabola,” meaning “comparison.”

Did you Know?

The parlance in the 1998 movie “The Big Lebowski” is so quotable for audiences because characters often repeat specific phrases they’ve heard other people say in prior conversation. In fact, both The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) and Maude (played by Julianne Moore) slip the phrase “the parlance of our times” into their own parlance.

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