idiolect
Definition - The speech patterns unique to an individual.

Notes:
1. These speech patterns consist of the diction, idioms, and pronunciations that are unique to any individual, hence everyone speaks their own idiolect.

Example -
"They misunderestimated me."
(George Bush at Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000)

Etymology -
The word was coined by attaching the combining form idios (which in Greek means "personal" or "private" in Greek) to the word dialect.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1948:
"The totality of the possible utterances of one speaker at one time in using a language to interact with one other speaker is an idiolect."
(B. Bloch in Language XXIV. 7 )



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