n. The love of words.
Other Forms
There is a disease which consists in loving words too much. Logophilia first manifests itself in childhood and is, alas, incurable.
—Peter Ackroyd, “Visions from an addiction to fiction,” The Times (London), March 20, 2002
There is little in Maryland's scenery from Ocean City to Oakland that is especially memorable. But almost all of it, except where you find real poverty, is pleasant. Maryland has a history of being tolerant of idiosyncrasy, from the Calverts' Catholicism to H. L. Mencken's logophilia.
—Michael Barone, “Growth and Government,” The Washington Post, August 24, 1986
1970 (earliest)
What civilisation has ever appeared to be more respectful of discourse than ours? Where has it ever been more honoured, or better honoured? Where has it ever been, seemingly, more radically liberated from its constraints, and universalised? Yet It seems to me, that beneath this apparent veneration of discourse, under this apparent logophilia, a certain fear is hidden.
—Michel Foucault, “The Order of Discourse,” College de France, December 02, 1970
The interminable debate must go on. Mr. Montgomery will be at the next meeting to start it off. You see, my dear sir, we are logophiles, word-lovers, that is.
—Al Segal, “Plain Talk,” The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, May 03, 1946
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