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Solecism GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

Solecism GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

/ˈsɒlɪsɪzəm/ (noun)


a grammatical mistake in written or spoken language, blooper, gaffe, blunder, slip, vulgarism, error, faux pas – breach of good manners, impolite behavior, misconduct


A solecism is a phrase that transgresses the rules of grammar. The term is often used in the context of linguistic prescription; it also occurs descriptively in the context of a lack of idiomaticness.


In prescriptive grammar, a solecism is a usage error or any deviation from conventional word order.

“In its broader implications,” notes Maxwell Nurnberg, “a solecism is a deviation from the norm, something illogical, incongruous, absurd, or even an impropriety, a breach of etiquette“.
The term solecism is derived from Soli, the name of an ancient Athenian colony where a dialect regarded as substandard was spoken.


Parts of speech

Noun: solecist

Adjective: solecistical

Adverb: solecistically

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