One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A defect of speech; especially stammering.
Mid 19th century. From post-classical Latin psellismus from Hellenistic Greek ψελλισμός action or fact of stammering from ancient Greek ψελλίζειν to stammer (from ψελλός (adjective) stammering (of imitative origin, with expressive gemination and a suffix -λό- frequently used to designate infirmities) + -ίζειν) + -ισμός.
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