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Aug 2, 2017
This week’s theme
Places that became verbs

This week’s words
birminghamize
barbados
solecize
locarnize
debunk

solecize
There’s always room (for improvement) at the Solecism Inn

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solecize

PRONUNCIATION:
(SOL-uh-syz)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To make an error in language, etiquette, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Soloi, an ancient Athenian colony in Cilicia, whose dialect the Athenians considered as substandard. Earliest documented use: 1627. The noun form is solecism

USAGE:
“His prose stops clunking only in order to solecise.”
Christopher Bray; Jack Nicholson Deserves a Better Biography Than This; The Daily Beast (New York); Oct 31, 2013.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. -James Baldwin, writer (2 Aug 1924-1987)

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