Logolepsy – 1 & 2

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I’m in love with language. I like talking, hearing people talk, hearing other languages, learning other languages. I like grammar and syntax and phonetics and phonology and morphology and etymology and semantics and pragmatics, the whole shebang. Call me a nerd – I’ll gladly take it as a compliment.

In two of my English classes I’ve learned that linguistics (n., the science of language) is mostly subconscious – the majority of the knowledge we have of our [native or first] language is not information that we consciously acquired but learned through observation. And if you stop for a second and think about it, a significant amount of our communication with others involves words, whether that interaction is face-to-face or digitally mediated, but how often do you consciously think about the words you use when you’re writing a text post on Tumblr or a status on Facebook or a text-message? It may not seem so, but words are an integral part of our daily lives.

I’ll be sharing my fascination with words (logolepsy: n., fascination or obsession with words) by posting my favorite ones. Not all of them will be recherché (adj., carefully chosen, rare, exotic), but I want to spread the love, and who knows, maybe you’ll learn a new word or two.

So it’s almost Friday (YAY) but getting through today so I can make it to tomorrow night has proved more difficult than I anticipated. These two words perfectly described my struggle this morning, how about you?

1. Dysania
(n.) the state of having a hard time waking up and getting out of bed in the morning

2. Clinomania
(n.) an obsessive desire to lie down

Hope you all have a great weekend! 안녕 (annyeong)!

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About the Author

Alina “Lenny” Fortunato is a sophomore at UNCC pursing an English major with a minor in Linguistics. Between writing essays, reading for class, and trying to stay afloat in a sea of work, she likes to watch her favorite shows (ABC's Thank God It's Thursday, anyone?), keep her Tumblr blog updated, sew, and teach herself Korean. She is always hooked up to Spotify, probably talks way too much, and has a hard time keeping track of all her hobbies. Lenny does not know what career she wants to pursue but is hopeful that her interests in language and Korean culture will take her on many adventures.