There’s a Word for That: Palinoia

alex atkins bookshelf wordsWe have all heard that timeless adage “practice makes perfect” a hundred times. Well, did you know there is a more sophisticated way of saying it? The word is palinoia: the compulsive repetition of an act, over and over, until  the act is performed perfectly. Think of the athlete training for the Olympics or a pianist practicing a difficult piece of music. The word is pronounced “pa-li-NOY-ah.” The word is derived from the Latin word palinodia which means “repetition” or “singing over again.” So the next time someone shares that old chestnut, turn to them nonchalantly and ask, “Oh, you mean palinoia, don’t you?”

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