ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


cacoethes, noun.  An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable.

cacoethes scribendi is the insatiable desire to write; here is a poem devoted to the concept.

Etymology:  Latin cacoethes, "bad habit" or (medically) "malignant disease"; from Greek kakoethes, "ill-habit, wickedness, itch for doing (something)"; kakos bad + ethes character.
First known English use in the mid-1500s.

Hey, that's not food....
After ten months, I'm beginning to lose my appetite for food-themed posts.  I may do mini-themes for a while:  a month of similar words.  Or, I might just post whatever sounds cool that week.
Tags: c, latin, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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