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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Definitions for cacography

  1. poor penmanship; bad handwriting.
  2. incorrect spelling.

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Citations for cacography
The writing was a model of cacography and I think that unless you learn patience and penmanship you had best forget your manners and use the machine, as I am doing now. Mavis Gallant, A Fairly Good Time, 1970
They have taken advantage of cacography in a novel way.… They also registered more than 90 of the most probable misspellings of popular Web addresses afforded by the QWERTY keyboard… Thomas W. Holcomb Jr., "Nerds Inc. Turns Typos Into On-Line Advertising," New York Times, June 2, 1997
Origin of cacography
Cacography joins caco-, from the Greek term kakόs meaning "bad," with -graphy, a combining form used to refer to a process or form of writing, drawing, recording or representing. It entered English in the mid-1500s.