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]
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: