whole language


Definition of whole language 

: a method of teaching reading and writing that emphasizes learning whole words and phrases by encountering them in meaningful contexts rather than by phonics exercises

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Beyond that, there’s a whole language to describe the consensual power exchange practices that take place under the BDSM umbrella. Sophie Saint Thomas, GQ, "A Very Sexy Beginner's Guide to BDSM Words," 25 Oct. 2017

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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