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Aug 17, 2001
This week's theme
Words about words

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Hobson-Jobson
dittography
eye dialect
epenthesis
idiolect

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Words formed using combining forms
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idiolect

(ID-ee-uh-lekt) Pronunciation

noun: Language usage pattern unique to a person.

[From Greek idio- (personal, peculiar) + dialect (language unique to a group of people).]

"See the unique way you put words together? That's your idiolect: your personal dialect. That's your language; no one else has it."
Chris Redgate; The Red Pencil; The Washington Post; May 17, 2001.

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