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Is it a coincidence that words ending in -ooch in English tend to be colloquial? If not, why?

Because of the way different sounds developed in English and in languages that English got words from, the sequence "ooch" tends not to regularly arise in words with the most common kinds of ...
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Can "da" phrase endings used in Russian and Kannada be traced back to the same origin (as in usage, not like cognates)?

Absolutely not. Its similar to asking if Kannada word alla, which is a negation suffix and also a separate word for no/not, is same as the Islamic deity. It's just coincidence. They are false friends. ...
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How to make a reference grammar of colloquial forms of a language?

No, there is no easy way to make a reference grammar of a "colloquial" language, in fact I think that it is impossible to do so, but you could dial back your aspirations and write "a ...
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Is it a coincidence that words ending in -ooch in English tend to be colloquial? If not, why?

A number of those words are borrowed from other languages, for example kloo(t)ch is Chinook Jargon and the original source seems to be Nootka. "Brooch" is a variant of "broach" pronounced with [o] not ...
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Slang, colloquial use, informal speech, etc

Slang isn't necessarily pejorative but, as you mentioned, it does imply use in particular groups. If the phrase started as slang in the '60s and has already become mainstream, colloquial or informal ...
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Sociolinguistics and slang

As WavesWashSands points out, slang is a subset of language use, so it can be studied using any of the tools we use to study language in general. For example, you can study the interesting ...
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What is the particular function of "lol" or "lmao" in the middle of sentences?

There's nothing syntactically unusual about such uses of these expressions, though how exactly they're deployed and understood is debatable: you may consider them either as orthographically ...
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Is there a linguistic difference between slang and colloquial speech?

Slang is generally very informal language used a specific segment of speakers of a language. An example of slang (that I just found on the internet) is the word "Bandini", which is supposedly a word ...
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Third-person singular used for emphasis in online communication -- Why?

In IRC (and I imagine other early text-based messaging services), someone's online handle would usually appear immediately to the left of their message. So a message like "winks at you" ...
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How to make a reference grammar of colloquial forms of a language?

Perhaps (as already hinted) by compiling a reasonably representative corpus of the variety you are after. If you want just the grammar, you do not even need a phote[tm]ic transcription, but an ...
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Expressions derived from Italian mafia

According to the following source, the expression "break/bust my balls" comes from the old practice of cattle castration: Whether it’s busting or breaking, balls or stones, this expression ...
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Can "da" phrase endings used in Russian and Kannada be traced back to the same origin (as in usage, not like cognates)?

The origin and roles are different since Kannada is a Dravidian language, not a relative of the Japanese or Basque, while Russian makes a part of the Slavic branch within the Indo-European family. ...
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What is LOLspeak, and does it have equivalents in languages other than English?

It is similar to Eye dialect—a kind of constructed accent in written language. P.S. See also this question: We have constructed languages, but are there constructed accents?
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