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logology (lo-GOL-uh-jee) noun
The science or study of words.
[From Greek logos (word) + -logy (study), from Greek logos (word).]
In 1965, Dmitri Borgmann resurrected an old word, logology, and gave it a new meaning of recreational letter play. How appropriate that the word denoting the study of words viewed as letter patterns should itself be of such recreational interest. Logology encompasses two five-letter anchored palindromes -- logol and golog -- and repeats the cluster log.
Logology is a beautifully balanced word:
From alpha to omega,
See dancing words, entrancing words,
-Richard Lederer (email@example.com)
(This week's guest wordsmith, Richard Lederer, punster extraordinaire, is author of countless books and articles about language and humor.)
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. -Salman Rushdie, writer (b. 1947)
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