solecism \SOL-uh-siz-uhm\, noun:
- A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction; also, a minor blunder in speech.
- A breach of good manners or etiquette.
- Any inconsistency, mistake, or impropriety.
Solecism comes from Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikizein, "to speak incorrectly," from soloikos, "speaking incorrectly," literally, "an inhabitant of Soloi," a city in ancient Cilicia where a dialect regarded as substandard was spoken.
- So unbelievably close to sheer insanity that one word cannot express the sentiment alone.
Yo, did you see the way Anando pounded shot after shot of straight eerclear at that party? That shit was cray cray.
Did you hear how cray cray Bryan got last night? Remember that chick from the bar? He took her home and gave her the Tony Danza treatment, no lie.
Note: The power of this adjective phrase is often misunderstood and underestimated. Harm from misuse may occur. Use with caution and only under appropriate circumstances.
- Great Blizzard of 1888: nor'easter killed hundreds and paralyzed the East Coast of the US from Maryland to Maine
- Juliette Gordon Low: founded the Girl Scouts of America (1912)
- Salt Satyagraha: Mahatma Gandhi began a civil disobedience campaign against the British salt tax in India with a 241-mile march to Dandi (1930)
- fireside chats: FDR began a series of morale-boosting evening radio addresses to the American public (1933)
- Anschluss: Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany (1938)
- Truman Doctrine: US president Harry S Truman announced his policy to assist countries threatened by Communism; the document provided economic assistance to Turkey and Greece (1947)
- Gustav Robert Kirchoff 1824
- Clement Studebaker 1831
- Charles Boycott 1832
- Jane Delano 1862
- Gustavo Diaz Orcaz 1911
- Paul Weston 1912
- Wally Schirra 1913 - Astronaut
- Googie Withers 1917
- Gordon MacRae 1921
- Jack Kerouac 1922
- Edward Albee 1928 - Playwright ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf")
- Al Jarreau 1932 - R&B-jazz singer
- Andrew Young 1932 - Civil rights leader, politician
- Barbara Feldon 1933 - Actress ("Get Smart")
- Johnny Rutherford 1938
- Brian O'Hara 1942 - Musician (The Fourmost)
- Liza Minnelli 1946 - Singer, actress
- Mitt Romney 1947 - Politician
- Mark Moseley 1948
- James Taylor 1948 - Singer, songwriter
- Mike Gibbins 1949 - Musician (Badfinger)
- Bill Payne 1949 - Musician (Little Feat)
- Jon Provost 1950 - Actor ("Lassie")
- Carl Hiaasen 1953 - Author
- Ron Jeremy 1953 - The Hedgehog - t3h pr0n
- Jerry Levine 1957 - Actor
- Steve Harris 1957 - Musician (Iron Maiden)
- Darryl Strawberry 1962 - Baseball player
- John Andretti 1963
- Julia Campbell 1963 - Actress
- Aaron Eckhart 1968 - Actor
- Graham Coxon 1969 - Musician (Blur)
- Samm Levine 1982 - Actor