In linguistic prescriptivism
, a solecism
is a grammatical or other mistake or absurdity. The word is derived from the Greek
, from Σολοικος, Soloikos
, "speaking incorrectly", from Σολοι, Soloi
, an Athenian colony in Cilicia
whose inhabitants spoke what Athenians regarded as a corrupted and barbarous form of Attic
Some examples of usages often regarded as solecisms in standard English:
- "Between you and I" for "Between you and me".
- "I ain't going" for "I'm not going"
- "This is me and his house" for "This is my and his house"
What is considered to be a solecism in one dialect
of a language may be acceptable usage in another.
The Solecisms of George W. Bush