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Do 반말 and 존댓말 have precise definitions?

Most students of Korean have heard of 반말 and 존댓말 and understand roughly what they mean. But how far can we go to defining exactly what they mean? Can each of the Korean speech levels be categorised ...
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Are forms such as '감사요', '사랑요', '미안요' slang abbreviations?

I was intrigued to see '감사요' mentioned as an alternative to '감사합니다' in this answer to another question. Would '감사요' be seen as an abbreviation of '감사해요'? Or is it just the noun form '감사' with the ...
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Is it more polite to say '고맙습니다' or '감사합니다'? Is there any other difference in meaning?

Are '고맙습니다' or '감사합니다' interchangeable, or is there a difference in meaning or politeness?