cacozelia
Definition -
(1) Attempting to appear learned by using foreign words, especially Latin and Greek terms (e.g. Cacozelia is definitement the bon mot.)
(2) Poor taste when using metaphors (e.g. the moon was a ghostly carburetor).

Etymology -
The word means "bad imitation" in Greek (from the Greek kakos, bad).

Oxford English Dictionary -
The first citation for the term cacozelous, to imitate badly, is from 1656:
"Cacozelous, il-minded or affectioned, one that imitates badly."
(Blount, Glossographia )



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