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New Words

Posted by: Paul Nichols

18 Apr 2007


Imagine how cool you'll be with an expanded vocabulary!!! *Imagining...* Pretty cool, I know.

 

I was listening to a book on CD this past weekend and the guy used the word solecism...I had to look it up. Of course, I missspeelt it so I also got to learn some other words courtesy of Merriam Webster. I do this at the risk of being sciolistic:

 

so"∑le"∑cism
Pronunciation: 'sä-l&-"si-z&m, 'sO-
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, literally, inhabitant of Soloi, from Soloi, city in ancient Cilicia where a substandard form of Attic was spoken
1 : an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; also : a minor blunder in speech
2 : something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order
3 : a breach of etiquette or decorum
- so"∑le"∑cis"∑tic /"s√§-l&-'sis-tik, "sO-/ adjective

 

Context: What a solecism!

 

syl"∑lo"∑gism
Pronunciation: 'si-l&-"ji-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English silogisme, from Anglo-French sillogisme, from Latin syllogismus, from Greek syllogismos, from syllogizesthai to syllogize, from syn- + logizesthai to calculate, from logos reckoning, word
1 : a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion (as in "every virtue is laudable; kindness is a virtue; therefore kindness is laudable")
2 : a subtle, specious, or crafty argument
3 : deductive reasoning
- syl"∑lo"∑gis"∑tic /"si-l&-'jis-tik/ adjective
- syl"∑lo"∑gis"∑ti"∑cal"∑ly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb

 

Context: That is so syllogistic!

 

sci"∑o"∑lism
Pronunciation: 'sI-&-"li-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: Late Latin sciolus smatterer, from diminutive of Latin scius knowing, from scire to know
: a superficial show of learning
- sci"∑o"∑list /-list/ noun
- sci"∑o"∑lis"∑tic /"sI-&-'lis-tik/ adjective

 

Context: You're such a sciolist!

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