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#18059 - 02/02/01 10:59 AM catachresis Anonymous
i came across this word today, and was surprised to see that an AWAD search on it comes up empty, since so many of our threads make reference to misused words.
according to M-W:
Main Entry: cat·a·chre·sis
Inflected Form(s): plural cat·a·chre·ses /-"sEz/
Etymology: Latin, from Greek katachrEsis misuse, from katachrEsthai to use up, misuse, from kata- + chrEsthai to use
1 : use of the wrong word for the context
2 : use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech (as blind mouths)
- cat·a·chres·tic /-'kres-tik/ or cat·a·chres·ti·cal /-ti-k&l/ adjective
- cat·a·chres·ti·cal·ly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb
Ipsa scientia potestas est ~Bacon
#18060 - 02/02/01 11:38 AM Re: catachresis
Loc: this too shall pass
just to make this a continuing public service thread, OneLook now includes the AHD, with its audio pronunciations!
for instance, onelook took me here for catechresis; just click the little speaker icon...
ohmygawd! what have I done!!
#18061 - 02/02/01 06:57 PM Re: catachresis
So now I know I'm a chronic catachretic.Bill Hunt
or should it be catachreticist?
#18062 - 02/02/01 07:02 PM Re: catachresis
Okay, catachrestic. I'm pathetic.wwh
#18063 - 02/02/01 07:32 PM Re: catachresis
After all,if I could get it right, I wouldn't be one.wwh
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