Colloquialism vs Idiosyncratic - What's the difference?

colloquialism | idiosyncratic |


As a noun colloquialism

is a colloquial word or phrase; a common spoken expression, often regional.

As an adjective idiosyncratic is

peculiar to a specific individual; eccentric.

colloquialism

English

Noun

(en noun) (wikipedia colloquialism)
  • A colloquial word or phrase; a common spoken expression, often regional.
  • See also

    * argot * cant * jargon * slang

    idiosyncratic

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Peculiar to a specific individual; eccentric.
  • * 1886 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , ch. 9:
  • At the time, I set it down to some idiosyncratic , personal distaste . . . but I have since had reason to believe the cause to lie much deeper in the nature of man.
  • * 1891 , (George MacDonald), The Flight of the Shadow , ch. 12:
  • It was no merely idiosyncratic experience, for the youth had the same: it was love!
  • * 1982 , Michael Walsh, " Music: A Fresh Falstaff in Los Angeles," Time , 26 April:
  • British Director Ronald Eyre kept the action crisp; he was correctly content to execute the composer's wishes, rather than impose a fashionably idiosyncratic view of his own.