Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wacky Word Wednesday - Cacoepy

Cacoepy
(kuh KOH ih pee)
 
by Rachel Hoyt
 
image by Janaka Dharmasena via freedigitalphotos.net
 
To pronounce cacoepy
incorrectly would be
a verbal monstrosity -
habitually pronouncing words incorrectly
defines the essence of cacoepy.
 
© 2012 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

Every week I rhyme and define a new wacky word.
Come on over to indulge your inner nerd.
And, please let me know of any weird words you've heard.

 
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20 comments:

  1. GUILTY...biiig time! Does this mean I am a cacoepist?

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    1. They don't list cocoepist as a variation, but I like it! I'm a cacoepist too! :)

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    2. dictionary.com list it under other variations as a noun.

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    3. Nice! I just looked in my hardcover book. I should've checked my link or googled it. :)

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  2. Ha! What a thoughtful and witty rhyme you came up to describe the word! Loved it! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! I'm so glad you loved it. :)

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  3. Another new word for me! I guess it's like a malaprop? :)
    Blessings!

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    1. It is similar to a malaprop, but I believe malaprop describes misuse of a word (i.e. to describe the wrong thing) and a cacoepy is just mispronunciation. :)

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  4. My daughter tends to do this with words she reads over the internet. She told me one day that she had heard that Lady Gaga was a "Herma-fry-dite."

    And let's not even get into how she handled "FAQs."

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    1. LOL. There are plenty of words I come across on the internet, but I usually preface any statement which will include them with, "I'm not sure I'm pronouncing this right..." :P

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  5. Very educational! Thank you! I'm going to strive to use this word today ;-)

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    1. Let me know if you're able to sneak it into every day conversation! :)

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  6. You will never find me
    Mispronouncing cacoepy
    For don’t you see?
    I’m into etymology.

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    1. :) :) :)

      Not just any etymologist either... you're a rhymer like me! :)

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  7. Love learning new words! My favorite recently has been petrichor (the smell after a rain).

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    1. Petrichor - That is a fantastic word! I've added it to my list of words to rhyme and define. :)

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  8. I do love play on words. :-P Very clever!

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    1. Thank you, Dave! I'm addicted to this type of word play at the moment. :)

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  9. Double trouble a cacophony of cacoepy!

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Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...