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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Definitions for cacology

  1. Defectively produced speech; socially unacceptable diction.

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Citations for cacology
As to prose, I don't know Addison's from Johnson's; but I will try to mend my cacology. Lord Byron, The Works and Letters of Lord Byron
Such cacology drives some people to distraction. Linton Weeks, "R Grammar Gaffes Ruining the Language? Maybe Not", NPR
Origin of cacology
Cacology comes from the root caco- meaning "bad." This prefix occurs in loanwords from Greek. Similarly the suffix -logy is a combining form used in the names of sciences and bodies of knowledge.