Word quiz

If someone told you that they suffered from logolepsy, what would do?

1. Look concerned and advise them to consult a doctor.
2. Confess that you’re a fellow logolept and discuss your shared obsession.
3. Run away screaming.
4. Other (please specify)

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14 Responses to Word quiz

  1. renato figueiredo says:

    As I don’t know the term; I would ask the person to specify it. I thing this is more educated than to run away.
    Anyway, as I’m not a doctor, I think the term is applied to a person who has compulsion by games, since logos is a Greek word for this. and Lepsy is a disturb as eplepsy.

  2. Heather says:

    I would hug them sympathetically, and then nonchalantly try to pick their brain for new vocabulary! :-)

  3. pavel says:

    renato figueiredo: Logos is a Greek word for word or speech.
    I guess some problem with speaking.

  4. renato figueiredo says:

    Thanks to correct me Pavel.

  5. renato figueiredo says:

    Now I Know, I found th site kokogiak.com/logolepsy/ow_l.html. There is written: logolepsy is an obssession by words. I lernt.

  6. Strika says:

    I would feel identified and I would become his or her friend immediately :P

  7. JRice says:

    I would ask them how long they’d been talking in their sleep…

    ; )

  8. Alan Coady says:

    I’d ask if it was correct to use “suffered from” and “logolepsy” in the same sentence. Perhaps “blessed with” might have been better?

  9. Peter Gregory says:

    The space you have left for a comment requires the insertion of words. Words that occupy this space may be taken as a comment on the words contained in the question about logolepsy. This is too limiting. You cannot comment on a word obsession by using words alone. I would ask the person who suffers in this way to look beyond the word towards the nature of their own thought. To do this they should construct an image of a place in which all words connect in an ocean of fully cross referenced meaning in which all languages subsist. Over this image they could fly on silver wings into the sunrise of their own mind. The words themselves would form a light sussurus in the background.
    Upon returning, language would be revivified through the contact with pure, subjective space.
    This is something you can do in your own home.
    I would say I am a logophile.
    Does this word exist?

  10. TJ says:

    I thought “logos” in Greek means “science” or “wisdom.” This is why we have branches of sciences ending with “logy” suffix, isn’t it?

  11. Simon says:

    TJ – logos means “word” in Greek, and lepsy comes from lepsis which means seizure. Logolepsy means an obsession or mania for words.

    Peter – logophile certainly does exist, and is one of the many words referring to people who love words.

    Related words include verbivore, or ‘eater of words'; verbiphage, or ‘devourer of words'; logolept ‘a word maniac'; logomisia ‘a disgust for certain words'; and logogogue ‘a self-styled word expert’.

  12. TJ says:

    Then, what is the origin of sciences names? like Geo-logy, Bio-logy and so on?
    is it something like “logia” in Greek?

  13. Simon says:

    The ology in such words comes from logia, which means “the study of”.

  14. BG says:

    Logos (ὁ λογος) is definitely related to logia (ἡ λογια), though. Both come from legein (λεγειν) meaning to speak. Also, the definitions are actually a bit freer. Logos can mean word, but can also mean thought or discourse, and -logy can mean writing as in trilogy.