An Introduction to Barbarism
Barbarism refers to the use of incorrect words, forms, or expression that violate the rules of a language. Rhetorically, it is a mistake in vocabularyOpens in new window, pronunciationOpens in new window, or grammarOpens in new window due to ignorance or confusion.
Etymologically, the word barbarism is derives from Latin, “barbarismus”—the use of a foreign tongue or of one’s own tongue amiss. The Greek root for barbarism, is barbarismos, from barbarizein, literally means to behave or speak like a barbarian. The English word barbarism originally relates to incorrect use of language, but in contemporary usage, it denotes ignorance, absurdity, or crudity in social matters, as well as in verbal expression.