Word Archaeology: acciaccatura

Derived from the Italian word “acciaccare” (to crush), acciaccatura is first thought to have been used in the year 1749, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It’s defined as a discordant note connected to a principle note with immediate release. In musical writing, it is displayed using a grace note with a stroke through the stem.

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