Abusage Definition

noun
Improper or incorrect use of language. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
A stickler for the rules of grammar, Mrs. Walker cringes when she encounters any abusage by the students in her freshman English class.
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Noun

Singular:
abusage
Plural:
abusages

Origin of Abusage

  • Abusage first appeared in the 16th century as a general synonym of abuse, but it fell into disuse after just a couple of centuries. The word reemerged in the language with a new grammar-specific sense after Eric Partridge published a book on grammar titled Usage and Abusage in 1942.

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