Language Lover Alert: Cacoepy Friday’s Word of the Day Haiku

I like languages and the clever use of them. In this particular case, we look at English. Blogger Kat Myrman writes that this language feature, mispronunciation, causes her to cringe when she hears it but out of politeness she listens while planning her escape. Although I agree in general, I am alert to the possibility that I might be in the presence of a struggling comedian.

This is a long post but be sure to scroll through to the fun part, the misinterpreted lyrics. These are followed by a scary politick le (sic) haiku and one more haiku to emphasize the new word learned.

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Happy Friday! Today’s Dictionary.com Word of the Day is “cacoepy” [kuh-koh-uh-pee]. I had never heard this word before, but I have definitely heard more than a few cacoepies in my life.

They are like fingernails scraping across a chalkboard to those of us who take words, vocabulary and language seriously. They can also be amusing and goofy. Context is key. Cacoepy is defined as an “incorrect pronunciation or an instance of this; mispronunciation.

Dictionary.com had a lengthy etymology summary:

“Cacoepy comes from Greek kakoépeia “mispronunciation, incorrect language,” made up of the adjective kakós “bad, evil, worthless, ugly” and the noun épos (also dialect wépos) “word, speech, song.” The adjective comes from baby talk or a nursery word widespread in Indo-European languages, kakka- “to defecate, poop, shit.” The root appears in Latin cacāre (Italian cacare, Spanish cagar), Slavic (Polish) kakać, German kacken, and English cuck(ing stool). The Greek noun épos (wépos)…

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The Light Dawns – The Weekly Knob

Admin note: There is this publication on Medium I really like, The Weekly Knob. This week there were 16 selections written in response to the prompt “Lightbulb.” Reblogged here, for more fun go to the Weekly Knob site. Although I subscribe to it (occasionally there have been “locked” stories) all the selections this week are free. These are “amateur” writers who create mostly because they are following their need to write but there are contributions by published professional writers as well.

There are two good points I want to point out for students in the English Department at Ma Chung University. 1) The stories are usually short. It will not hurt your brain to read these stories in your additional language: English. 2) They are free and they cover a wide area of subjects and writing styles.

OK, point two was really more than two points. I am not in the Math Department.

Enjoy the following story: The Light Dawns

Courtney Green’s new lamp had a leopard-print shade with a black ribbon tied in a bow around the middle and lacy black ruffles around its…

Source: The Light Dawns – The Weekly Knob

TLT: Wish

The flag says it all. The journey continues.

Source: TLT: Wish

photo by Andrew Neel via Unsplash

Written for three line tales

Exploring is all she wanted to do.

It was what she lived for.

As I dropped the flag onto her coffin I hoped that she would never stop.

Review of ‘Atomic Number Sixty’ by Dave Johnston

This is a note to students in my Literary Appreciation class. I read and reviewed this book elsewhere on this blog. I found this review by an author whose work I like. Note that this is a fast, short, entertaining read.

BookMuffin

I was sent a copy of Atomic Number Sixty to review, and accepted because it was a fairly short novel, and had the possibility to be action packed. There were ups and downs in this book for me, but the end was definitely exciting!

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book


‘Atomic Number Sixty’ by Dave Johnston

Holly Holloway is locked in a dusty room, strapped to a ticking bomb.

What would you do, if you only had one hour left to live?

My Review

Atomic Number Sixty is a thrilling novella that follows Holly in two different times; before and during her time with a bomb strapped to her. The events are unpredictable with a definite climactic ending. The way the chapters are written make you want to keep reading until the end, as they…

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Classic Secrets | PostSecret Reblog

Source: Classic Secrets | PostSecret

This is a site I have been following for over five years and I wanted to give it a little publicity here. There are some mind-stopping observations from everyday people. And if some of them are from creative writers, that is OK too. It’s all good.

TLT: Empty promise

This is all too true in my area of the world. Couldn’t resist reblogging it.

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three line tales week 36 servicephoto by Mike Wilson – click here for bigger version
The swaying sign promised so much.
However, the darkness below it made it a lie.
Nobody ever answered the calls.
Written for three line tales

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