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"What's someone who loves words called?
Friday November 6th 2009
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"What's someone who loves words called?
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A reader asks what someone who loves words is called. Editor Emily Brewster
responds:

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
technophile.

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