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Echolalia

Definition: Habitual or pathological repetition of another’s remarks or recent speech.

Pronunciation: echo-law-LEE-ya

Origin:

This word hasn’t changed since Latin speakers plugged the prefix echo- onto the Greek root body word lalia (meaning “to talk”), a word which is further derived from the Greek term lalien, “to chatter”.

Why this word?

Yet again, Veronica gravitates towards words that sound like wizard’s spells.

Say it aloud. “Echolalia”. Isn’t that just gorgeous? It sounds divine. It sounds powerful.

How do you use this word in a sentence?

I’m quite sure my father has never had any brain damage before, but whenever he hears something funny, he immediately repeats the punchline that had made him laugh. I wonder if that’s just a weird, echolalic quirk of his personality, or if ever his mother dropped him on his head as an infant?”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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