solecism was our Word of the Day on 01/02/2015. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
Solecism slipped into solipsism into full-blown narcissistic projection.
But the songwriter Tony Hatch has said he was inspired by Times Square—a solecism forgivable from a Brit.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'solecism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
First Known Use: circa 1555See Words from the same year
Synonymsfamiliarity, faux pas, gaff, gaffe, indiscretion, impropriety
Antonymsamenity, attention, civility, courtesy, formality, gesture, pleasantry
Related Wordsblunder, error, flub, fumble, goof, lapse, miscue, misstep, mistake, oversight, slip, slipup, stumble; discourtesy, incivility, offense (or offence); boner, howler; foul-up, muff; misapprehension, miscalculation, misconception, misjudgment, misstatement, misunderstanding
Near Antonymsform, manners, mores, proprieties
SOLECISM Defined for English Language Learners
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up solecism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).