Notes: I knew one of the meanings, but not the others
The word parapraxis, as I noted yesterday, means a Freudian slip; technically, “a slip of the tongue or pen that otherwise reveals true motivation”.
Our word is a relatively late one, coming into English in the 1930s
Background / Comments
As you may have guessed from the “para”, this word is Greek. It is a combination of para- (alongside or beyond) and prâxis (act or action). Therefore, this word’s roots carry the idea that “alongside” of our actions may be hints as to our real feelings on the matter.