Registers

Which register so you think is appropriate for the hallway, the classroom, the bus, social networking sites, journal writing, or an academic paper?

  • Frozen: Laws and Ceremonies.
  • Formal: Lectures, Sermons, ordering food, being introduced to someone’s grandparents.
  • Consultative: Business meetings and school classroom.
    • Teachers expect this during whole class, small group, and paired discussions.
    • Teachers expect this in the hallway, too — though usually we experience a casual in the hallway.
  • Casual: In a booth at a restaurant, hanging out with friends.
  • Intimate: Only between closest of friends and family, includes coined words and inside jokes.

One may move up or down one level (but not more) without offending someone.

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