Word of the Day

catachresis \kat-uh-KREE-sis\ noun
*1 : use of the wrong word for the context
2 : use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech

Example sentence:
The paper printed a correction for the previous day’s catachresis: dubbing a local artist-philanthropist a “socialist” when they meant “socialite.”

I find myself calling Bingley a “fascist” when I meant to say “fathead”, so this has some relevance.

10 Responses to “Word of the Day”

  1. Ken Summers says:

    Are you inferring that I use words incorrectly?

  2. Cullen says:

    Well, I think she meant something else when she accused you of senile dysfunction.

  3. Ken Summers says:

    Cullen, that was the other place. Talk about senile…

  4. I never said that, CulLEN. His senility is functioning just fine.

  5. Cullen says:

    I realize his senility is functioning fine. Hence the catachresis.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    The nuns were very mean when they were teaching my catachresis classes.

  7. Cullen says:

    Not being Catholic, I have no idea what you’re Tolkien about.

  8. Mr. Bingley says:

    Oh heck, Cullen, even folks who aren’t Catholic know about nuns; they’re the women who wear hobbits on their heads.

  9. Cullen says:

    Of course I know the nones. Watt I was Tolkien about was the catharsis. I intended private school. But our Christian instructors didn’t hit us with rulers when we fried ents with magnifying glasses.

  10. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I thought “catachresis” was something they put on people confined to a hospital bed?

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