(n). a lover of words.
It seems obvious for me to say this; as a reader and blogger I must love words, right? And that's true, I have indeed always loved words. And yet, it was only recently I realised how undeniably obsessed I am. I can spend hours at a time researching word etymology (my current favourite word origin is the story behind the word 'serendipity'), and, whilst I adore writing, I'm a painfully slow writer simply because I'll spend days thinking of the right word.
My current obsession is with words that exist in other languages, yet don't exist as English words. E.g. there's a Swedish word 'mångata' which means 'a road-like reflection of the moon in water' that we don't have a word for in English. Another great one is 'tsundoku', which means 'buying books and not reading them'.
I also know a crazy number of word facts. E.g. there's a non-existent word, 'dord', which was a dictionary misprint between 1934-9, now known as a ghost word.
So yes, I'm decidedly a logophile. And I can't think of any better way to finish than with some essential Emily Dickinson: “A word is dead when it's been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”
So here's an obvious question: are you also a logophile? And on the topic of words, tell me your favourite (mine are in the image above). That's all… I think.