barbarisms


barbarisms
barbarisms
are words that are judged to be ill-formed for various reasons, usually because they are derived from a mixture of Latin and Greek roots (e.g. television) or a mixture of Latin/Greek and English roots (e.g. breathalyser). The objection is pedantic and irrational and is largely disregarded in the blizzard of present-day word creation. See also lost causes.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • ἀβαρβαρίστως — ἀβαρβάριστος without barbarisms adverbial ἀβαρβάριστος without barbarisms masc/fem acc pl (doric) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • ἀβαρβάριστον — ἀβαρβάριστος without barbarisms masc/fem acc sg ἀβαρβάριστος without barbarisms neut nom/voc/acc sg …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

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