Sunday, September 19, 2010


Polonious: What do you read my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.


Here are some words about words:

loganamnosis
noun. - An obsession with trying to recall a forgotten word.

logastellus
noun. - "A person whose enthusiasm for words outstrips his knowledge of them" - John McClellan.

logocentrism
noun. 1 - Literary analysis that focuses on words and language to the exclusion of non-linguistic matters such as the author's individuality or historical context.
2 - Excessive attention paid to the meanings of words or distinctions in their usage hence, logocentric.

logopoeia
noun. [1929 Ezra Pound in New York Herald-Tribune 20 Jan. XI. 5/4] - ‘The dance of the intellect among words’, that is to say, it employs words not only for their direct meaning, but it takes count in a special way of habits of usage, of the context we expect to find with the word... It holds the ├Žsthetic content which is peculiarly the domain of verbal manifestation and can not possibly be contained in plastic or in music.

logocracy
noun. - A community or system of government in which words are the ruling powers.

logodaedalus (or logodaedalist)
noun. - One who is cunning in words.

logodaedaly
noun. - Arbitrary, cunning or capricious coinage of words; skill in adorning a speech; ‘verbal legerdemain’.

logolatry
noun. - ‘Worship’ of words; unreasonable regard for words or for verbal truth

logology (or logonomy)
noun. - The science of words.

logogogue
noun. - A person who lays down rules about words; a language dictator.

logolepsy
noun. - An obsession with words.

logolept
noun. - A word maniac; verbivore, logophile.

logomachist
noun. - One given to disputes over or about words (also logomach).

logomachy
noun. A dispute over or about words; controversy marked by verbiage.

logomisia
noun. - Disgust for certain words.

logopandocie
noun. - Readiness to admit words of all kinds.

logophile
noun. - A word lover or word buff

logorrhea
noun. - Excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness.

logorrheic
adjective. - Characterized by excessive use of words.

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