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Examples of solecism in a Sentence
the solecism of asking one's hosts how much something in their house cost them
Recent Examples of solecism from the Web
And a single word couldn’t be a dead giveaway either, no matter how much people would like to portray the use of pled rather than pleaded as an obvious Trumpian solecism, especially when Dowd himself has been documented using pled at least once.
But the songwriter Tony Hatch has said he was inspired by Times Square—a solecism forgivable from a Brit.
Solecism slipped into solipsism into full-blown narcissistic projection.
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Did You Know?
The city of Soloi had a reputation for bad grammar. Located in Cilicia, an ancient coastal nation in Asia Minor, it was populated by Athenian colonists called soloikos (literally "inhabitant of Soloi"). According to historians, the colonists of Soloi allowed their native Athenian Greek to be corrupted and they fell to using words incorrectly. As a result, soloikos gained a new meaning: "speaking incorrectly." The Greeks used that sense as the basis of soloikismos, meaning "an ungrammatical combination of words." That root in turn gave rise to the Latin soloecismus, the direct ancestor of the English word solecism. Nowadays, solecism can refer to social blunders as well as sloppy syntax.
Origin and Etymology of solecism
SOLECISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solecism for English Language Learners
: a mistake in speech or writing
: an impolite or improper way of behaving
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