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Dec 24, 2009
This week's theme
Fear and desire

This week's words
agoraphobia
dipsomania
astraphobia
onomatomania
acrophobia
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onomatomania

PRONUNCIATION:
(on-uh-mat-uh-MAY-nee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: An obsession with particular words or names and desire to recall or repeat them.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin, from Greek onoma (name) + -mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze).

USAGE:
"Every time Ammon Shea came across an interesting word, he jotted it down, desperate to avoid onomatomania."
Nicole Martin; The Last Word; Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Oct 4, 2008.

See more usage examples of onomatomania in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt. -Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)

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