One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bad handwriting or spelling.
illegible handwriting, hurried handwriting, untidy handwriting, squiggle, squiggles, jottingsView synonyms
- ‘He blows off his steam with such an eagerness that he forgets for a time, or nearly forgets, his cacography.’
- ‘It is amusing to notice his lectures to Jeffrey, on his cacography, which may be attributed to a similar restlessness of mind.’
- ‘‘We have a national affliction, and it's called cacography - that means ‘illegible handwriting.’’
- ‘And yet, upon careful examination we find a method, a system, in his orthography, or rather in his cacography.’
Late 16th century: from Greek kakos ‘bad’, on the pattern of orthography.
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