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cacography

[kuh-kog-ruh-fee] /kəˈkɒg rə fi/
noun
1.
bad handwriting; poor penmanship.
2.
incorrect spelling.
Origin of cacography
1570-1580
1570-80; caco- + -graphy
Related forms
cacographer, noun
cacographic
[kak-uh-graf-ik] /ˌkæk əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cacographical, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • Most lovely is the youthful hand of his eldest daughter: the cacography of her later years is, alas!

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
  • He blows off his steam with such an eagerness that he forgets for a time, or nearly forgets, his cacography.

    Thackeray Anthony Trollope
  • I am willing to lay the blame of these errata on my own cacography, rather than on the printer's back.

  • A letter more or less in a name was of no account in the cacography of those times.

    Claverhouse Mowbray Morris
British Dictionary definitions for cacography

cacography

/kæˈkɒɡrəfɪ/
noun
1.
bad handwriting Compare calligraphy
2.
incorrect spelling Compare orthography
Derived Forms
cacographer, noun
cacographic (ˌkækəˈɡræfɪk), cacographical, adjective
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