solecism
noun Etymology: Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, literally, inhabitant of Soloi, from Soloi, city in ancient Cilicia where a substandard form of Attic was spoken Date: circa 1555 1. an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; also a minor blunder in speech 2. something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order 3. a breach of etiquette or decorum • solecistic adjective

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  • Solecism — Sol e*cism, n.[F. sol[ e]cisme, L. soloecismus, Gr. soloikismo s, fr. soloiki zein to speak or write incorrectly, fr. so loikos speaking incorrectly, from the corruption of the Attic dialect among the Athenian colonists of So loi in Cilicia.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • solecism — SOLECÍSM, solecisme, s.n. Greşeală de sintaxă (neadmisă de normele limbii literare). – Din fr. solécisme, lat. soloecismus. Trimis de LauraGellner, 23.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  solecísm s. n., pl. solecísme Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • solecism — index catachresis, irregularity, misuse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • solecism — 1570s, from M.Fr. solécisme, from L. soloecismus mistake in speaking or writing, from Gk. soloikismos to speak (Greek) incorrectly, from soloikos ungrammatical utterance, properly a speaking like the people of Soloi, from Soloi, Athenian colony… …   Etymology dictionary

  • solecism — *anachronism …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • solecism — ► NOUN 1) a grammatical mistake. 2) an instance of bad manners or incorrect behaviour. DERIVATIVES solecistic adjective. ORIGIN Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly …   English terms dictionary

  • solecism — [säl′ə siz΄əm] n. [L soloecismus < Gr soloikismos < soloikos, speaking incorrectly, after Soloi, city in Cilicia, whose dialect was a corrupt form of Attic] 1. a violation of the conventional usage, grammar, etc. of a language;… …   English World dictionary

  • Solecism — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Solecism >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 solecism solecism Sgm: N 1 bad grammar bad grammar false grammar faulty grammar Sgm: N 1 slip of the pen slip of the pen slip of the tongue Sgm: N 1 lapsus linguae lapsus linguae… …   English dictionary for students

  • Solecism — [http://www.bartleby.com/81/15630.html Brewer s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ] explains solecism as follows:Misapplication of words; an expression opposed to the laws of syntax; so called from the city of Soli, in Cilicia, where an Athenian… …   Wikipedia

  • Solecism —    A grammatical mistake, a blunder, or any deviation from correct idiom is, in English, termed a solecism. The word s history can be traced to the Greek city of Soloi in ancient Cilicia, which was in what is today southern Turkey.    Soloi was… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • solecism — UK [ˈsɒlɪˌsɪz(ə)m] / US [ˈsɑləˌsɪzəm] noun [countable] Word forms solecism : singular solecism plural solecisms formal 1) a mistake in the use of language 2) something that is not considered to be polite behaviour …   English dictionary

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