False friend
False friends are pairs of words or phrases in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets) that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning. An example is the English embarr...
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Speech error
A speech error, commonly referred to as a slip of the tongue (Latin: lapsus linguae, or occasionally self-demonstratingly, lipsus languae), is a deviation (conscious or unconscious) from the apparent...
Vulgarism
In the study of language and literary style, a vulgarism is an expression or usage considered non-standard or characteristic of uneducated speech or writing. In colloquial or lexical English, "vulgari...
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Douche
A douche /ˈduːʃ/ is a device used to introduce a stream of water into the body for medical or hygienic reasons, or the stream of water itself.Douche usually refers to vaginal irrigation, the rinsing o...
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Rehabilitation (Soviet)
Rehabilitation (Russian: реабилитация, transliterated in English as reabilitatsiya or academically rendered as reabilitacija) was a term used in the context of the former Soviet Union, and the Pos...
Pseudo-anglicism
Pseudo-anglicisms are words in languages other than English which were borrowed from English but are used in a way native English speakers would not readily recognize or understand. Pseudo-anglicisms ...
Hypercorrection
In linguistics or usage, hypercorrection is a non-standard usage that results from the over-application of a perceived rule of grammar or a usage prescription. A speaker or writer who produces a hyper...
Misspeaking
Misspeaking is a word used to describe the act of speaking "incorrectly, unclearly, or misleadingly", to "fail to convey the meaning one intends by one's words". Although its roots lie in Middle Engli...
Swenglish
Swenglish is a colloquial term meaning either:
Swedish is characterised by a strong word stress and phrase prosody that differs from that of English. When Swedish prosody is used in English speech...
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Apologetic apostrophe
The apologetic or parochial apostrophe is the distinctive use of apostrophes in Modern Scots orthography. Apologetic apostrophes generally occurred where a consonant exists in the Standard English cog...
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SaypU
SaypU or SaypYu (/saɪpjuː/ sy-pew) is an acronym for "Spell As You Pronounce Universally" (in SaypU Spel az Yu Prɘnawns Yunivɘɘrsɘlli) is an approximative phonetic alphabet of 24 alphabet letters to s...
Folk etymology
Folk etymology, pseudo-etymology, or reanalysis is change in a word or phrase over time resulting from the replacement of an unfamiliar form by a more familiar one. Unanalyzable borrowings from forei...
Political rehabilitation
Political rehabilitation is the process by which a member of a political organization or government who has fallen into disgrace, is restored to public life. It is usually applied to leaders or other ...
Eggcorn
In linguistics, an eggcorn is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker's dialect (sometimes called oronyms). The new phrase...
Relaxed pronunciation
Relaxed pronunciation (also called condensed pronunciation or word slurs) is a phenomenon that happens when the syllables of common words are slurred together. It is almost always present in normal sp...
Gallicism
A Gallicism can be:In speaking or writing English, a Gallicism often results from a direct translation from French, giving an unidiomatic expression. False friends often provide occasions for Gallicis...
Metathesis (linguistics)
Metathesis (/məˈtæθəsɪs/; from Greek μετάθεσις, from μετατίθημι "I put in a different order"; Latin: trānspositiō) is the re-arranging of sounds or syllables in a word, or of words in a sentence. Most...
Pronunciation respelling
A pronunciation respelling is a regular phonetic respelling of a word that does have a standard spelling, so as to indicate the pronunciation. Pronunciation respellings are sometimes seen in dictionar...
Barbarism (linguistics)
Barbarism refers to a non-standard word, expression or pronunciation in a language, particularly one regarded as an error in morphology, while a solecism refers to an error in syntax. The term is used...
Mumpsimus
A mumpsimus is an action by a person who adheres to a routine, idea, custom, set of beliefs, or a certain use of language that has been shown to be unreasonable or incorrect. For example, a person may...
Hyperforeignism
A hyperforeignism is a non-standard language form resulting from an attempt to apply the rules of a foreign language to a loan word (for example, the application of the rules of one language to a word...
Eye dialect
Eye dialect is the use of nonstandard spelling for speech to draw attention to an ironically standard pronunciation. The term was coined by George P. Krapp to refer to the literary technique of using ...
Typoglycemia
Typoglycemia is a neologism given to a purported recent discovery about the cognitive processes behind reading written text. The word appears to be a portmanteau of "typo", as in typographical error,...
Inventive spelling
Inventive spelling (sometimes invented spelling) is the use of unconventional spellings of words.Conventional written English is not phonetic (that is, it is not written as it sounds, due to the hist...