Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An exaggerated use of the sound of the letter R.
  • n. : A linguistic phenomenon in which a consonant changes into an R, such as Latin flos becoming florem in the accusative case.
  • n. Inability to pronounce the letter R; derhotacization.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An oversounding, or a misuse, of the letter r; specifically (Phylol.), the tendency, exhibited in the Indo-European languages, to change s to r, as wese to were.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Too frequent use of r.
  • n. Erroneous pronunciation of r; utterance of r with vibration of the uvula.
  • n. Conversion of another sound, as s, into r.
  • n. Also spelled rotacism.

Etymologies

From New Latin rhotacismus ("excessive or peculiar use of [r], especially the conversion of another sound (usually [s] or [z]) to [r]"), from Ancient Greek * ῥωτακισμός, from ῥωτακίζω (rhotakizō, "I incorrectly use ρ"), from ῥῶ (rhō, "rho (the Greek equivalent of r)") (Wiktionary)

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  • Wouldn't that be rrrrhotacism?

    January 26, 2009

  • Noun: Excessive use of the letter R.

    January 26, 2009