Words About Words


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Words are thoughts and we can’t think without them

From the movie, “Dangerous Minds”

  • ALLITERATION: the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in apt alliteration’s artful aid
  • ANALPHABETIC: not alphabetic; unable to read or write
  • ABECEDARIAN: a person who is learning the letters of the alphabet
  • APOTHEGM: a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism
  • BACKRONYM: an existing word turned into an acronym, e.g., rap for rhythm and poetry
  • BIBLIOTAPH: a person who caches or hoards books
  • CHIASMUS: a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases
  • DICTION: style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words
  • GNOMIST: a writer of aphorisms (astute observations)
  • HAPLOGRAPHY: the accidental omission of a letter or letter group that should be repeated in writing, as in Missippi for Mississippi
  • HOLOPHRASE: a word functioning as a phrase or sentence, as the imperative Go!
  • INTERROBANG: a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question
  • LOGOPHILE: a lover of words
  • LOGOPHOBIA: an obsessive fear of words
  • OEUVRE: the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole
  • PARONOMASIA: a pun
  • TOME: a book, especially a very heavy, large, or learned book; a volume forming a part of a larger work
  • VERBICIDE: willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word
  • VERBIGERATION: the constant or obsessive repetition of meaningless words or phrases
  • WORD-HOARD: a person’s vocabulary
  • WORDMONGER: a writer or speaker who uses words pretentiously or with careless disregard for meaning

Source: dictionary.com


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