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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

logomachy

\loh-GOM-uh-kee\ , noun;
1.
a dispute about or concerning words.
2.
an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words; meaningless battle of words.
3.
a game played with cards, each bearing one letter, with which words are formed.
Quotes:
Their logomachy was far more stimulating to his intellect than the reserved and quiet dogmatism of Mr. Morse.
-- Jack London, Martin Eden, 1909
By happenstance or design, Conrad has fashioned in Heart of Darkness a logomachy, or battle of words.
-- Theodore Billy, A Wilderness of Words, 1997
Origin:
Logomachy comes from the Greek word logomachia from the roots logo- meaning "words" and machy meaning "fighting."
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