There’s a Word for That: Cacology

atkins-bookshelf-wordsCacology, an ugly sounding word, is a poor choice of words or very bad pronunciation. The word is derived from the Greek kakologia meaning “evil speaking” or “abusive language” and kakos meaning “bad.

Related word: Cacography, bad writing or bad handwriting.

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For further reading: Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition edited by John Simpson and Edmund Weiner, Oxford University Press (1991).