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“There is language for close friends in the evenings, on weekends—blue-jeans-and-sweatshirt language, when it’s good to get the tie off.”

“There is family language, even more relaxed, full of grammatical short cuts, family slang, echoes of old jokes that have become intimate shorthand—the language of pajamas and uncombed hair.”

“Finally, there is the language with no clothes on; the talk of couples—murmurs, sighs, grunts—language at its least self-conscious, open, vulnerable, and primitive.”

(MacNeil [2009]: 68)

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