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Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 15:10 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

Cacophony — The best use of this word I have ever heard comes from a short piece I read online recently in which a person with schizophrenia describes his/her pre-treatment auditory hallucinations “a near-constant cacophony, a din that was both very distracting and extremely annoying.”

ca·coph·o·ny \cuh-CAW-fuh-nee\ or \cuh-CAH-fun-nee\
noun
: harsh or discordant sound : DISSONANCE; specifically : harshness in the sound of words of phrases

(Edited to add a non-Boston/Worcester pronunciation.)

For more, see the complete entry at Merriam-Webster online.

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