Acyrologia in the news

Yesterday, Language Log posted this cartoon.  Click on the image to see it in full size on the cartoonist’s site:

The poster, Professor Arnold Zwicky, at first remarked that he hadn’t seen the word “acyrologiaphobia” before; he then updated the post with the cartoonist’s explanation that “Acyrologia… seems be more or less synonymous with malapropism.”  So I googled “acyrologia,” and found this nifty little page explaining the word and its uses.  The page is part of Silvae Rhetoricae, an online reference for students of rhetoric maintained by Professor Gideon Burton of the Brigham Young University.

1 Comment

  1. acilius

     /  November 19, 2010

    Also, the current “Coarse Ground” has something that reminds me of our recent discussion of ghosts.

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