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Sunday, August 17, 2014

cacography

\kuh-KOG-ruh-fee\ , noun;
1.
poor penmanship; bad handwriting.
2.
incorrect spelling.
Quotes:
The writing was a model of cacography and I think that unless you learn patience and penmanship you had best forget your manners and use the machine, as I am doing now.
-- Mavis Gallant, A Fairly Good Time, 1970
They have taken advantage of cacography in a novel way.… They also registered more than 90 of the most probable misspellings of popular Web addresses afforded by the QWERTY keyboard…
-- Thomas W. Holcomb Jr., "Nerds Inc. Turns Typos Into On-Line Advertising," New York Times, June 2, 1997
Origin:
Cacography joins caco-, from the Greek term kakόs meaning "bad," with -graphy, a combining form used to refer to a process or form of writing, drawing, recording or representing. It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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