Lexical Terms – Letter E

–  Lexical Terms – Letter E  –

An alphabetical List of Lexical Terms and Lexical Terminology (same thing, really.  Okay, well…  pretty close anyways) 😉



Exclamation – (to) “Exclaim” something is, to cry out, suddenly, with emotion.  Therefore an exclamation is that thing:  word, clause, phrase, sentence which one has “cried out” (whether in spoken or written form.)  It is almost never expected for there to be any discourse from an exclamation.  They are simply used to “express” something in order to let out the emotional pressure of it.  Interjections and Rhetorical Questions are two common forms of Exclamations.

Expression – An expression is literally anything that a person says.  That is why this term used to describe some:  aphorism, saying, phrase, etc. is a very “imperfect” term to use, as it is so imprecise.  But when someone says something that you may not have comprehended, and so you ask him or her what was said…  and then that person says…

“Oh, it’s just an expression.”

…What that person means, is…

“What I just said is a common saying/idiomatic phrase/aphorism/etc. and I did not exactly mean the words which came out of my mouth.”

And so now you can see why it is a silly word to use as a lexical term.

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