from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction.
- n. A violation of etiquette.
- n. An impropriety, mistake, or incongruity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Erroneous or improper usage; absurdity.
- n. Error in the use of language.
- n. In written language, the intentional use of misspelling and/or incorrect grammar to effect the vernacular of a particular dialect.
- n. A faux pas or breach of etiquette; a transgression against the norms of expected behavior.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An impropriety or incongruity of language in the combination of words or parts of a sentence; esp., deviation from the idiom of a language or from the rules of syntax.
- n. Any inconsistency, unfitness, absurdity, or impropriety, as in deeds or manners.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gross deviation from the settled usages of grammar; a gross grammatical error, such as “I done it” for “I did it.”
- n. Loosely, any small blunder in speech.
- n. Any unfitness, absurdity, or impropriety, as in behavior; a violation of the conventional rules of society.
- n. An incongruity; an inconsistency; that which is incongruous with the nature of things or with its surroundings; an unnatural phenomenon or product; a prodigy; a monster.
- n. Synonyms Barbarism, etc. See impropriety.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a socially awkward or tactless act
Latin 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek σολοικισμός (soloikismos), from σόλοικος (soloikos, "speaking incorrectly"), from Σόλοι (Soloi), an ancient Athenian colony in Cilicia whose inhabitants spoke a dialect that Athenians regarded as a corrupted and barbarous form of Attic Greek. (Wiktionary)