- a violation of the conventional usage, grammar, etc. of a language; ungrammatical use of words (Ex.: “We done it” for “We did it”)
- a violation of good manners; breach of etiquette
- a mistake or impropriety
Origin of solecismClassical Latin soloecismus from Classical Greek soloikismos from soloikos, speaking incorrectly, after Soloi, city in Cilicia, whose dialect was a corrupt form of Attic
- A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction.
- A violation of etiquette.
- An impropriety, mistake, or incongruity.
Origin of solecismLatin soloecismus from Greek soloikismos from soloikizein to speak incorrectly from soloikos speaking incorrectly after Soloi (Soli), an Athenian colony in Cilicia where a dialect regarded as substandard was spoken
From the Ancient Greek ÏƒÎ¿Î»Î¿Î¹ÎºÎ¹ÏƒÎ¼ÏŒÏ‚ (soloikismos), from ÏƒÏŒÎ»Î¿Î¹ÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (soloikos, “speaking incorrectly"), from Î£ÏŒÎ»Î¿Î¹ (Soloi), an ancient Athenian colony in Cilicia whose inhabitants spoke a dialect that Athenians regarded as a corrupted and barbarous form of Attic Greek.