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Oct 16, 2020
This week’s theme
Words about words and language

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endonym
basilect
metonymy
homeoteleuton
heterophemy

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with Anu Garg

heterophemy

PRONUNCIATION:
(HET-uh-ruh-fee-mee)

MEANING:
noun: The use of a word different from the one intended.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek hetero- (different) + pheme (speaking). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bha- (to speak), which also gave us fable, fairy, fate, fame, blame, confess, and infant (literally, one unable to speak), apophasis (allusion to something by denying it will be said), confabulate, and ineffable. Earliest documented use: 1875.

USAGE:
“In effect, Hyacinth’s nervousness results in a classic case of heterophemy: his disrupted mental condition leads him ‘to speak without thinking’.”
Gavin Jones; Strange Talk; University of California Press; 1999.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. -Oscar Wilde, writer (16 Oct 1854-1900)

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