Word of the day

The word for today is…

catachresis (noun) – 1. The misapplication of a word or phrase, as the use of blatant to mean “flagrant.”
2. The use of a strained figure of speech, such as a mixed metaphor.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1580s, from Latin catachresis, from Greek katakhresis “misuse” (of a word), from katakhresthai “to misuse,” from kata “down” + khresthai “to use” (from PIE root *gher- “to like, want”).


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