Definitions for cacographykəˈkɒg rə fi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ca•cog•ra•phykəˈkɒg rə fi(n.)

  1. bad handwriting.

  2. poor spelling.

Origin of cacography:

1570–80

cac•o•graph•icˌkæk əˈgræf ɪk(adj.)cac`o•graph′i•cal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scribble, scratch, scrawl, cacography(noun)

    poor handwriting

Wiktionary

  1. cacography(Noun)

    Bad spelling.

  2. cacography(Noun)

    Bad handwriting.

  3. cacography(Noun)

    The act of exhibiting these traits

  4. Origin: From κακός + γράφω. Believed to have been introduced in the late sixteenth century, with the emergence of printing technologies and standard lexicon, the need for orthographic spelling was mandatory as opposed to the prior method of spelling upon personal preference.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cacography(noun)

    incorrect or bad writing or spelling

Freebase

  1. Cacography

    Cacography is deliberate comic misspelling, a type of humour similar to malapropism. The term in the sense of "poor spelling, accentuation, and punctuation" is a semantic antonym to orthography, and in the sense of "poor handwriting" it is an etymological antonym to the word calligraphy: cacography is from Greek κακός + γραφή. A common usage of cacography was to caricature illiterate speakers.

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