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Jul 28, 2008

Logophiles

SUGARY VOCABULARY:

nectary
Nouns with the suffix -y often denote places where you can get something to eat (bakery, buttery, carvery), but in the case of nectary, this is only true if you have specialized mouth parts: nectaries are the nectar-secreting organs in flowers.

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Are you a logophile? A logophile is a noun meaning, “a word lover or word buff.” It is derived from the Greek, logos “speech” + phile “friend, lover” (speech-friend or speech-lover). Over at Visual Thesaurus, lexicographers cater to logophiles through debates on grammar and the sheer romance of words. Their word mapping tool is tremendous, whether you are at a loss for words or have words to lose.

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2 comments:

Beverly said...

Ah, to be a bee.

Judy Hartman said...

I loved this, KJ! I studied classical languages in college & love to think about the "roots" of words!
Sounds like we're in for fun in August!!!