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1. Bad handwriting.
2. Bad spelling.

cac′o·graph′ic (kăk′ə-grăf′ĭk) adj.


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) bad handwriting. Compare calligraphy
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) incorrect spelling. Compare orthography
caˈcographer n
cacographic, ˌcacoˈgraphical adj


(kəˈkɒg rə fi)

1. bad handwriting.
2. poor spelling.
ca•cog′ra•pher, n.
cac•o•graph•ic (ˌkæk əˈgræf ɪk) cac`o•graph′i•cal, adj.


- Bad handwriting or poor spelling.
See also related terms for poor.


1. bad handwriting. Cf. calligraphy.
2. the possession of poor spelling skills. See also orthography. — cacographer, n.cacographic, cacographical, adj.
See also: Writing
the practice or defect of incorrect spelling. — cacographer, n. — cacographic, cacographical, adj.
See also: Spelling
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cacography - poor handwritingcacography - poor handwriting      
handwriting, script, hand - something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
chicken scratch - cramped or illegible handwriting
squiggle - an illegible scrawl; "his signature was just a squiggle but only he could make that squiggle"
References in periodicals archive ?
Dutch orthography served as an example for Philipp von Zesen, although the most authoritative German linguist of the era, Justus Georg Schottelius, considered him a 'language corrupter' and his way of spelling 'cacography' (Fonsen 2006:274-275).
Similarly, writer/performers such as Artemus Ward and Josh Billings became famous through "cacography," a subgenre of dialect writing using spellings that are meant primarily to indicate illiteracy and not mispronunciation.
Immediately prominent were his cacography, or humorous misspellings, and what he himself called "ingrammaticisms"--a parallel attack on grammatical conventions.