Luciferous Logolepsy for Logophiles

For all you logophiles out there, Robert Luhn (an Executive Editor at O’Reilly) recommends Luciferous Logolepsy:

A collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an “English” word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, derivative, archaic, or abandoned words in what we loosely define as the “English Language,” that a clear-cut definition seems impossible. For the purposes of this project though, words are included that may stretch any basic definitions. Particular attention has been paid to archaic words, as they tend to be more evocative — as if their very age lends additional meaning or overtones. Current personal favorites include “skirr,” “epicaricacy,” and “schizothemia.”

As the site itself points out, the name of the project accurately describes its mission: Luciferous (illuminating, literally and figuratively) Logolepsy (an obsession with words) means “an illuminating obsession with words.”

While you’re at it, also check out World Wide Words, which is packed with features for lovers of words and language. In addition to an extensive Weird Words section, Michael Quinion (a frequent researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary, contributor to The Oxford Dictionary of New Words, and author of Ologies and Isms) offers interesting Articles, Reviews, Turns of Phrase, and illuminating grammar lessons (including one of the better lessons I’ve read regarding the proper use of which versus that).

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