logolepsy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Logos is Greek for "word", lepsy is Greek, "to seize"

Noun[edit]

logolepsy (plural logolepsies)

  1. (rare) A fascination or obsession with words
    • Thanks to the magic of teleconferencing, often the format for a given show is call-in, and the phones and airwaves crackle with logolepsy.
      • Richard Lederer, A Man of My Words (2003)
    • A case of logolepsy is easily distinguished from the perfectly sane mood which demands and imperiosly seizes the pregnant sign, and makes it the exponent of a hidden power.
      • Maurice Thompson, My winter garden: a nature-lover under southern skies (1900)