Word Wednesday – Psittacism

By Eloise McInerney | Uncategorized

Mar 16
Word Wednesday

Welcome to Word Wednesday, a weekly showcase for words that I think need a bit of special attention. One word will make it onto the podium each week – it could be a worthy word, a weird word, or a witch word that should most definitely be exorcised from the dictionary. The word may come from different languages, but will mostly be in French, Spanish or English (just because I know them best).

Today is weird word day. It was dictionary.com’s Word of the Day earlier this week, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it round.



This decidedly weird word means ‘mechanical, repetitive, meaningless speech; parroting’

It’s a tough one to pronounce, so here’s a helping hand: [sit – uh – siz -uh – m]


Where it comes from

Psittacism comes from the Latin for the word parrot, psittacus, and made it into English from French in the 1800s. It’s fossilised since then, but I’m sure we could find a use for it again. Here’s how we might use it in today’s world:



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Samantha Eyeroll Trump Psittacisms


Got any good examples of psittacisms? People who psittacise? Share them below!


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