This language vocabulary lesson will help you use the words jargon, statement, slogan, remark, cliché , sound bite, nugget, terminology, figure of speech and adage, correctly.
(–) jargon uncountable noun special words and phrases that are used by a group of people and that are difficult for others to understand
- Normal people don’t understand legal jargon.
(a) statement noun a definite and clear expression of something in speech, writing or action
- The prime minister stood up and made a statement about her plans for Brexit.
(a) slogan noun a short phrase that is easy to remember and is used to advertise something
- The World’s Local Bank is a famous slogan for HSBC.
(a) remark noun a few words of opinion or thought
- She once famously made the remark that there was no such thing as society.
(a) cliché noun a phrase or idea that is boring because people use it a lot and it is no longer original
- His description of the game was full of clichés.
(a) sound bite noun a short sentence or phrase said publicly, especially by a politician
- Most politicians only speak using sound bites now.
(a) nugget noun a small piece of information that is very useful or important
- My idea is a little nugget!
(–) terminology uncountable noun the words and phrases used in connection with a particular subject or activity
- Understanding medical terminology doesn’t mean you are a good doctor.
(a) figure of speech noun an expression that uses words to mean something different from their normal meaning
- When I say break a leg it is only a figure of speech. I am really wishing you good luck.
(an) adage noun wise words about life
- The old adage about things getting worse before they get better is certainly true at the moment.
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