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Jul 25, 2008
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Words about words and language

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grammatolatry
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orthoepy

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orthoepy

PRONUNCIATION:
(or-THO-uh-pee, OR-tho-ep-ee)

MEANING:
noun: 1. Study of the pronunciation of words. 2. Customary pronunciation of a language.

Our resident orthoepist is Stuti Garg whose voice you hear in the pronunciation of the daily words.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin from Greek ortho- (correct) + epos (word), ultimately from the Indo-European root wekw- (to speak) that also gave us voice, vowel, vouch, vocation, evoke, revoke, advocate, and epic.

USAGE:
"'Splash a little guzzelean,' the crowd muttered.
'Gas-o-lean,' shouted an angry Nikitia Ivanich from above.
'Is it really all that difficult to assimilate orthoepy?'"
Tatyana Tolstaya (translated by Jamey Gambrell); The Slynx; Houghton Mifflin; 2003.

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