10 Great Words about Words

10 Great Words about Words

As a confirmed LOGOLEPT, I couldn’t resist reblogging this lovely post all about wordy wordiness…

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The best words to describe language-related experiences, reading, and other related phenomena

Logos is the very first word of the Gospel of St John: ‘In the beginning was the Word’. (Logos means ‘word’.) And ‘logos’, it turns out, has given us a raft of great wordy words – word-related terms which describe our infatuation, and frustration, with language. Nomen, the Latin for ‘name’, has also given us some great terms, so we’ve included one of those here as well, in this post outlining the best words about language or related phenomena: reading, names, and the like. We hope you enjoy them.

Alogotransiphobia denotes the fear of being caught on public transport with nothing to read. The word hasn’t found its way into dictionaries yet. It was coined by a novelist in 1992, according to Paul Dickson in his informative book of word-trivia, Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers.


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  1. A-ha! So there’s a word for the act of forgetting words! I have that problem sometimes. (*blushes*) I can be talking or writing about something, and I know what I’m trying to say and can picture it, but I forget what it’s called… which can be very embarrassing.

    • Oh, me too! In fact as my eyes slid down that list – I think at one time or other, I can claim to endured most if not all those word-afflicted conditions!

  2. This is great, I can’t help but think of the word moist for Logomisia. And I can imagine feeling an ironic anger at not being able to remember the word for having a word on the tip of your tongue….

    • Never mind about ironic anger – I’ve all but banged my head on the desk when I can’t bring a particular word to mind…:). They are so very apt, though, aren’t they?

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