One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A speech disorder characterized by involuntary repetition of words, phrases, or sentences.
- ‘Formally, palilalia is a compulsive involuntary repetition of a semantically acceptable phrase or word.’
- ‘A case of membranous lipodystrophy associated with palilalia was reported.’
- ‘Results indicate that there is not necessarily an increasing rapidity in palilalia.’
Early 20th century: from French palilalie, from Greek palin ‘again’ + lalia ‘speech, chatter’.
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