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The following labels are used with words that express a particular attitude or are appropriate in a particular situation:
ironic language uses words to mean the opposite of the meaning that they seem to have, as in You broke the switch. You're a great help (= no help at all).
offensive expressions are used by some people to address or refer to people in a way that is very insulting. You should not use these words.
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, gnarly.
The following labels show other restrictions on the use of words:
saying describes a well-known fixed or traditional phrase, such as a proverb, which is used to make a comment, give advice, etc., for example actions speak louder than words.