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The following labels are used with words that express a particular attitude or are appropriate in a particular situation.
figurative language is used in a non-literal or metaphorical way, as in He didn't want to cast a shadow on (= spoil) their happiness.
ironic language uses words to mean the opposite of the meaning that they seem to have, as in You're a great help, I must say! (= no help at all).
slang is very informal language, sometimes restricted to a particular group of people, for example people of the same age or those who have the same interests or do the same job. Examples are dingbat, dosh.
offensive expressions are used by some people to address or refer to people in a way that is very insulting, especially in connection with their race, religion, sex or disabilities. You should not use these words.
taboo expressions are likely to be thought by many people to be obscene or shocking. You should not use them.
The following labels show other restrictions on the use of words.
saying describes a well-known fixed or traditional phrase, such as a proverb, that is used to make a comment, give advice, etc, for example actions speak louder than words.