Sunday, August 07, 2005

Word IQ

Quick!

Think fast:

Is "linguaphile" a word?


If you're brave, record your answer as a comment before checking your accuracy here.

Don't worry, no one's keeping score. And if necessary, you can always explain (justify?) your rationale later.

11 Comments:

Blogger fimble fowl said...

Now I would have said it wasn't because it's, well, a weird word. That plus the fact that I just cheated and looked it up in my unabridged Webster's Dictionary (copyright 2001)and it isn't there. Dictionary.com isn't really very clear on the etymology. I'm going to check yourdictionary.com. Be right back.

4:52 PM  
Blogger fimble fowl said...

Ok. It's there. Now I'll have to use it in a sentence in a room full of uneducated philistines as a punishment for cheating.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

When I first heard the word, I thought it was, well, too good to be true. "Linguaphile?" C'mon! Banking on my mixed feelings, I though others might have a similar response.

You deserve credit for owning up, however. Too bad your unabridged Webster's threw you a curveball.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Andrew Simone said...

It is a bastard word, as far I as I can see. Linguaphile seems to have root words from both Latin and Greek. I cannot think of a word in Greek, off the top of my head that transliterates into "lingua" Latin, on the other hand...

I would wager it is a word created by fiat.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Andrew Simone said...

argh, a lot of typos in the my last comment: Haste makes waste

9:43 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

heh, I thought, "no way!"

I hate being wrong, but I love the new (to me anyway) word!

8:12 AM  
Blogger martin said...

"logophile" is the all-Greek near-equivalent, although with the implication of love of words and perhaps knowledge rather than love of words and language.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Sprittibee said...

It sounded dirty - my first reaction was to relate it to pedophile. I admit - I cheated. I had to look it up, as I can't resist a new word.

So I guess that makes me a linguaphile?

11:04 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

I plan on inserting this word in a conversation sometime soon. My only concern is whether "logophile," as per Martin's comment, might be a purer alternative.

Naaw. I'll use them both.

Sprittbee wrote:

"So I guess that makes me a linguaphile?"

The fact that you're part of this conversation proves that!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Andrew Simone said...

It most certainly is etemologically purer but it may be less clear. Although it would follow suit with another greek rooted word, "logorrhea." But it would seem, here, that would be a dirty word (pun intended).

8:29 PM  
Blogger NBR said...

Hi, I'm new here (followed a link from here). ... Without looking at anyone else's comments first, um, I'd say definitely not. Lingua is Latin, philos is Greek. Like, you would say "polymorph" or "multiform" but not "polyform" or "multimorph." Heh. Right? Right? Shouldn't it be "glossaphile" or something?

7:43 AM  

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