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  • Looks like a fake word to me. There are only a couple of uses of it on the Web, and the rest of the mentions are just lists of silly words. The most reliable-looking source, Grambs's 1984 Literary Companion Dictionary, doesn't give any source or etymology.

    There's no Ancient Greek word corresponding to it. If the prefix was kat-, kata- "down", I don't know what the -ro- would come from. However, after a moment's thought I believe the form here is an error for 'catharolysis', which would make sense, coming from kathar- "pure, clean". A purification, a purgation, catharsis.

    If this word existed, the rest of us would pronounce it /kætəˈrɒlɪsɪs/ or in pseudo-notation kat a ROL ih sis. (Or, better, with /θ/ th.)

    August 7, 2008

  • /kat uh RALL ih sis/ n · The practice of cursing to let off steam.

    August 7, 2008

  • letting off steam by swearing

    June 8, 2008