L is for Language
Dictionary..com has 7 definitions for language, but I like this one best:
It is speaking, reading, writing, and even gestures. I would be lost without language! I enjoy communicating my thoughts. I could read for hours on end, and obviously I like to write. I love language so much that I use language to make my living - I teach it.
There are so many types of language: jargon, dialect, slang, colloquialism, body language, love language, animal language, second language, sign language. My daughter is a whiz at American Sign Language.
Colloquial language, one of my favorite topics, is usually specific to a region. For example, what do you call your fizzy, bubbly, carbonated drinks? Soda? Pop? Soda Pop? The BFG calls is Frobscottle. Here in Texas, we call them all Coke! What kind of coke is your favorite?
What do you say when you are preparing to do something or when you intend to do something? "I'm going to...?" Here in the South, we say, "fixing to" or more accurately, "fixin' to." I'm fixin' to go to bed. Is it proper grammar? I say yes, because it is a colloquialism specific to a region, perhaps better called dialect. I love to tease people from other regions by saying it because it probably bugs them. It's all in good fun. And it has nothing to do with dinner!