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Word For The Day, Thursday, February 8, 2012 - cacography
dictionaries ad nauseam | 8 February 2012 | Thursday's sub

Posted on 02/09/2012 4:45:34 AM PST by secret garden


In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

cacography \ka-KAH-gruh-fee\ noun
1. bad spelling
2. bad handwriting

Example sentences:
The letter was marred by cacography and poor punctuation, among other flaws.

"I sprang out of the car, sensing that I was different, and that I had only begun to comprehend the enigmas underlying mankind and cacography."
-- From Jeff Deck's 2011 book The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time

Etymology:
In its earliest use in the 16th century, "cacography" meant not "incorrect spelling" but "a bad system of spelling." Today people worry about misspelling words, but back then there was little need for such concern. English spelling was far from standardized; people spelled words any way that made sense to them. Not every one was happy with such laxity, however, and over the coming centuries spelling reformers pressed for regularization. Some reformers thought spelling should reflect the etymological background of words; others thought words should be spelled the way they sound. And of course, everyone believed his or her own way of spelling was the best. Our present inconsistent system was arrived at over time. Today "cacography" usually suggests deviation from the established standards.

The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....


Review Threads:

Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate

WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!


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1 posted on 02/09/2012 4:45:50 AM PST by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; ...

Rise and shine!


2 posted on 02/09/2012 4:46:53 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: anyone

Please change the date in the title to the 9th. Thank you.


3 posted on 02/09/2012 4:55:31 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Good morning. I am visiting three of the grandchildren in Texas, but I will try to get my homework done.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 4:55:38 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (How bad would an Obama II administration be, without the constraints of re-election?)
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To: secret garden

dang was sure this had to do with feces-consumption!


5 posted on 02/09/2012 4:58:41 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

no sleeping in for Grampy, i see! ; )


6 posted on 02/09/2012 4:59:30 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

I engaged in a little cacography in yesterday’s WFTD thread.

I was rapidly corrected!


7 posted on 02/09/2012 5:00:58 AM PST by left that other site
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To: secret garden

My attempt at calligraphy and orthography resulted in cacography.


8 posted on 02/09/2012 5:03:14 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: secret garden

Across this great nation’s geography
Many youngsters succumbed to cacography
Tweet and text with a thumb
Make all standards undone
It’s a grammar and spelling pornography


9 posted on 02/09/2012 5:03:37 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (How bad would an Obama II administration be, without the constraints of re-election?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Good for you!
10 posted on 02/09/2012 5:08:27 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Plus, it’s an hour earlier here. Geez—it’s a day earlier as well, according to today’s heading. Apparently, I crossed the international dateline somewhere between New Jersey and Texas.


11 posted on 02/09/2012 5:08:27 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (How bad would an Obama II administration be, without the constraints of re-election?)
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To: xsmommy

12 posted on 02/09/2012 5:09:43 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: left that other site
A for you!
13 posted on 02/09/2012 5:10:42 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: edpc
A for you!
14 posted on 02/09/2012 5:11:45 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

A+ for you. I really did type in the wrong date. I was using a template from January and couldn’t just add 7 to it. Plus when I tried to correct it, I got a series of proxy and server errors and couldn’t find a poster named ad mod, or even administrator/moderator to redo it.


15 posted on 02/09/2012 5:14:10 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

LOL on the international dateline, but yes, i was immediately thinking that it was an hour earlier there and here you are bright eyed and bushy tailed!


16 posted on 02/09/2012 5:20:38 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

the ad mods really do need to identify themselves better here and make themselves accessible. who else to throw the sawdust on vomit in the hallways should someone take sick, etc? ; )


17 posted on 02/09/2012 5:28:10 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

My penmanship was good in grammer and Junior High School.... it was even quite legible in High school. But once I entered college, where note taking was speed-dependent, it became a cacography based on caffeine, lack of sleep, hangover and kitchen-scratch. Which explains Doctor’s scrawls.


18 posted on 02/09/2012 5:38:33 AM PST by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: secret garden
"Some reformers thought spelling should reflect the etymological background of words"

It can only be in a language that acquires words from other languages that this concept would even arise.

Yet how else can a language grow to encompass more ideas and more ways of expressing them except through such acquisitiveness?

Worthy of a different discussion perhaps, but through invention and combination of existing words, as answer to my own question. Cacography would also only be considered a problem among those for whom literacy is widespread, rather than confined to a select few.

Most of us make the excuse for the poor quality of our writing by saying that we are in a hurry. If the most permanent part of your passage through the day is not worthy of careful scrutiny and attention to detail, what is?

19 posted on 02/09/2012 5:39:12 AM PST by NicknamedBob (If "everybody's different" then two of them have to be the same. It's the only way to be different.)
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To: secret garden
With far left Catholics, like Mark Shields and FPL Matthews, spitting mad over it, i full expect Obams, prior to the election, to claim that the abrogation of the conscience clause was mere cacography. BUT then as soon as he wins reelection it will be a no holds barred assault on EVERYTHING we hold dear. Obams, without needing to face the electorate again, will go full bore Stalin on us.
20 posted on 02/09/2012 5:54:48 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy; secret garden
You want mere cacography, check out the hypocritical lefties who were are now groovy with all the Bush policies they opposed
21 posted on 02/09/2012 6:07:20 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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To: secret garden

Occasional cacography is a very minor sin as opposed to ushering in a kakistocracy...

BTW, did you note James Patrick’s debut as Sabres’ head coach last night vs. the Bruins while Ruff was in “solidarity” with the players?


22 posted on 02/09/2012 6:09:21 AM PST by mikrofon (WFTD Bump)
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To: NeoCaveman

There are nothing if not CONSISTENTLY HYPOCRITICAL.


23 posted on 02/09/2012 6:39:04 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: NeoCaveman
and i absolutely LOVE that HL Mencken quote!

“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats”

24 posted on 02/09/2012 6:51:04 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: mikrofon
What. A. Game. As much as it hurt to do it, I rooted for your team(don't care for Miller or Pominville after their antics here in Nashville). It was a slugfest. And a scorefest.
A for you!
25 posted on 02/09/2012 7:11:23 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
Just cacography on the cave wall or does the Woolly Mammoth still walk the earth? 'Woolly mammoth' spotted in Siberia ...see the video and decide for yourself.
26 posted on 02/09/2012 7:12:13 AM PST by tioga
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To: xsmommy

the SU game last night was amazing. WOW.


27 posted on 02/09/2012 7:13:30 AM PST by tioga
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To: tioga

just replied to you on yesterday’s thread. SU played POORLY. xshub said the Boehemian was as unhappy last night as he’s seen him, as if they’d LOST. No way should that have been a nailbiter. xsboy went to the game after hockey practice and texted me a pic of the 27,000 in the Dome.


28 posted on 02/09/2012 7:16:21 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Didn’t see the whole game, got home early evening, by the time DH put the game on it was in overtime...that was all we saw. Glad xsboy was there to cheer them on, sounds like they needed it.


29 posted on 02/09/2012 7:26:20 AM PST by tioga
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To: xsmommy

Yes, Ace of Spades blog is a daily must read.


30 posted on 02/09/2012 7:31:38 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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To: secret garden

Cacography.

Consulting the Big Book of Milo’s Profound and Prolost Thoughts:

The etmylogic of cacography is disolved into two propinquities, one being caco as in cackle as in chickens.

The other filariform being graphy, as in graphite as in pencils.

Compound hydrolyzing the two gives chicken scatching as in bad writing.
(see the main article, An Aliquot is O.K., But I’d Rather Have a Pint)


31 posted on 02/09/2012 7:38:08 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: xsmommy

We pretty much self-police our own area but a little help is sometimes needed.


32 posted on 02/09/2012 7:49:53 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: theDentist

And after college, handwriting is limited to signing cards or documents. It’s a lost art in adulthood.


33 posted on 02/09/2012 7:54:36 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

That’s “cacophagy.”


34 posted on 02/09/2012 9:15:04 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

so what holiday is it down there today?


35 posted on 02/09/2012 9:24:34 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden
All due respect, but anybody using cacography in the course of ordinary communication is either (a) way over educated or (b) using the Thesaurus to try to look that way.

But thanks; now if I hear one of the above use it, I'll know what the heck he's talking about without MY Thesaurus!

8^)

36 posted on 02/09/2012 9:27:49 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: xsmommy

No holiday today. Just the typical do-nothing, not-ready-to-start day.


37 posted on 02/09/2012 9:45:50 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

how long do you expect to be there? you’ve already been there for quite a bit already? still haven’t started?


38 posted on 02/09/2012 10:13:59 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: JimRed

There ain’t no such thing as being over edumacated! ; )


39 posted on 02/09/2012 10:16:18 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I don’t know. I have a thing in Houston the last week of the month. I’d like to be home before that.

We were supposed to be ready to start on Tuesday, but the client decided he wanted to fix some leaks while we were down. Leaks that have been apparent for years, I am sure. There is no shortage of wasted steam billowing out from all over the place.

Supposedly tomorrow will be the day. We will see.


40 posted on 02/09/2012 10:30:48 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

do you need me to remind you that TUESDAY IS FEB 14th DIA de San VALENTIN? since you are absent from your valentine girls, you might want to get a JUMP start on that... ; )


41 posted on 02/09/2012 10:33:50 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: NicknamedBob

A for you.


42 posted on 02/09/2012 10:38:41 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Agreed. It goes back to my GM’s good advice: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. If they were stupid enough to vote for him last time, they have no one to blame for what they chose.


43 posted on 02/09/2012 10:41:25 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NeoCaveman

I will take your word for it. There is enough stuff hitting the fan around me right now. A+ for you.


44 posted on 02/09/2012 10:43:21 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: count-your-change

You never disappoint. A for you.


45 posted on 02/09/2012 10:44:43 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: tioga

My computer is on Gary the Snail speed today so I cannot click links as quickly as I would like. A+ for you.


46 posted on 02/09/2012 10:46:42 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

Did you mean coprophagy?


47 posted on 02/09/2012 10:49:21 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: JimRed

In this day and age, with all of the abbreviated forms of communication, I thought it was timely. If you have a word you’d like us to post and review, we’re more than happy to consider it. We like suggestions. :-)


48 posted on 02/09/2012 10:51:57 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Just ordered some berries. Thanks for the reminder.


49 posted on 02/09/2012 11:02:51 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden

That’s another way to put it.


50 posted on 02/09/2012 11:14:50 AM PST by SoothingDave
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