Sunday Solecism: Ain’t no Sunshine

30 Sep

Another new word for me. I would have thought a solecism would be doing or saying something all by yourself. Obviously, a lot of people make verbal faux pas statements in front of a lot of other people. Just glad that I’m not alone.
so·le·cism\ˈsä-lə-ˌsi-zəm, ˈsō-\
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
so·le·cis·tic \ˌsä-lə-ˈsis-tik, ˌsō-\ adjective
the solecism of asking one’s hosts how much something in their house cost them
Origin: 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.
First use: circa 1555
Synonyms: familiarity, faux pas, gaff, gaffe, indiscretion, impropriety
Antonyms: amenity, attention, civility, courtesy, formality, gesture, pleasantry
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