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solecism

[sol-uh-siz-uh m, soh-luh-] /ˈsɒl əˌsɪz əm, ˈsoʊ lə-/
noun
1.
a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage, as unflammable and they was.
2.
a breach of good manners or etiquette.
3.
any error, impropriety, or inconsistency.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin soloecismus < Greek soloikismós, equivalent to sóloik(os) (Sólo(i) a city in Cilicia where a corrupt form of Attic Greek was spoken + -ikos -ic) + -ismos -ism
Related forms
solecist, noun
solecistic, solecistical, adjective
solecistically, adverb
Can be confused
solecism, solipsism.
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British Dictionary definitions for solecistical

solecism

/ˈsɒlɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
  1. the nonstandard use of a grammatical construction
  2. any mistake, incongruity, or absurdity
2.
a violation of good manners
Derived Forms
solecist, noun
solecistic, solecistical, adjective
solecistically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, from Soloi an Athenian colony of Cilicia where the inhabitants spoke a corrupt form of Greek
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Word Origin and History for solecistical
solecism
1577, from M.Fr. solécisme, from L. soloecismus "mistake in speaking or writing," from Gk. soloikismos "to speak (Greek) incorrectly," from soloikos "ungrammatical utterance," prop. "a speaking like the people of Soloi," from Soloi, Athenian colony in Cilicia, whose dialect the Athenians considered barbarous.
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