Cacaoethes Scribendi

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] It’s a Latin phrase, meaning an insatiable desire to write. Cacoethes can be translated as either a bad habit or a malignant disease. The phrase originally comes from a line in Juvenal’s Satires, “Tenet insanabile multos scribendi cacoethes,” which translates as something like “the …

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