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cacology

[ ka-kol-uh-jee, kuh- ]
/ kæˈkɒl ə dʒi, kə- /
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noun
defectively produced speech; socially unacceptable diction.
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Origin of cacology

First recorded in 1615–25; caco- + -logy
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British Dictionary definitions for cacology

cacology
/ (kəˈkɒlədʒɪ) /

noun
a bad choice of words; faulty speech

Word Origin for cacology

C17 (in the sense: ill report): from Greek kakologia
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