Discussion: I am a self-confessed lover of words, I am a logophile suffering from logolepsy.


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I love words, the long ones, the short ones, the tricky unpronounceable ones and the ones that roll right off my tongue. I spend a long time finding these words on the internet and documenting and dictating them in my special word book of my favorite words and meanings. It has become a recent obsession that I try to find words for things that I feel and experience and it is startling that I find so many related to my experiences. So I thought I’d list some of my favorites, ten at the least. So be prepared to be flabbergasted! (Ha, see what I did there?)

  1. ย Petrichor – The smell of the Earth after it rains
  2. Clinomania- The excessive desire to stay in bed
  3. Phosphenes- The stars and colors you see when you rub your eyes
  4. Tsundoku- Letting books pile up unread
  5. Psithurisism- The sound of the wind through the trees
  6. Librocubicularist- A person who reads in bed
  7. Saudade- a nostalgic longing to be near something or someone who was once loved and then lost. “The love that remains.”
    1. Selcouth- Unfamiliar, rare, strange, yet marvelous.
  8. IKTSUAPPOK- The feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking out the window to see if anyone is coming.
  9. Latibule- A hiding place; a place of safety and comfort.
  10. Backpfeifengeisht- A person who needs a slap. “A face that needs a fist in it.”
  11. Hamartia- A fatal flaw.
  12. Scripturient- Having a consuming passion to write.
  13. Apricity- The warmth of the sun in the Winter.
  14. Balter- To dance artlessly, without particular grace or skill but still with enjoyment.
  15. Eutony- The pleasantness of a word’s sound.
  16. Raxeria- The line drawn by the sunlight filtering through the window.
  17. Serendipity- The luck that takes form of discovering something pleasant and valuable whilst looking for something else.
  18. Sonder- The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own, populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness. A story that plays out invisibly around you. An elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you may not come across again
  19. Kilig- The rush or the inexplicable joy one gets after experiencing something romantic.
  20. Nemophilist- A haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest and it’s beauty and solitude.

There you go. Recognize any of those words? Some of them aren’t English but this is only because they cant be translated into English and that’s what makes them even more beautiful and amazing (boring word choice I know… :() Have I converted any of you into a logophile?? Tell me in the comments down below.. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 thoughts on “Discussion: I am a self-confessed lover of words, I am a logophile suffering from logolepsy.

    • Haha! Yeah it is, it sounds like a disease ๐Ÿ™‚ People will be asking you what it is and you’ll be like “Yeah, its the illness of not getting out of bed in the morning.” That truly does sound awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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