Thursday, June 12, 2014

Logophile or Verbomaniac

So is there a word to describe my fascination of words?? (Rather circular reasoning, I agree.)
What I found:
A person who loves words and their meaning and usage is called a logophile. This is not to be confused with a person who studies words and their origin called an etymologist. The term 'wordsmith' can be used for someone who uses words to create feelings or ideas.

Someone who loves words is called a logophile. Despite there being quite a
few of us word-lovers, logophile is not common enough to find its way into
most dictionaries. Logophile comes from two Greek roots--logos, meaning
"speech, word, reason" and philos, meaning "dear, friendly"--and these
roots have also played a part in other more common English words.
Logos is part of the history of the words analogous, apology, and
logic. And philos gave us the noun combining form -phile, meaning
"someone who likes something very much." In a dictionary like
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, you'll find many technical words
that use this combining form. In this dictionary, just a handful of "-phile"
words are common enough to gain entry, among them bibliophile and
There are many people who love words (logophile), they love the correct usage of various words in communication. When they become a devotee or well-informed student of the knowledge of words they may be refered to as a "word buff". An expert in the use of words is called a wordsmith. When there is obsession with words this condition or state is refered to as verbomania. But to call someone a "verbomaniac" instead of a "word buff" or "wordsmith" it probably takes one to know one.

Not being good enough to call myself a "word buff", just on the edge of etymologist, and certainly not claiming to be an expert so as to be a "wordsmith", I'll settle with logophile and at times a verbomaniac (which sounds, however, that it's only verbs that interest me....).  And if you've read this far, then which are you??

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