Word Wednesday – Logophile

Guess what yesterday’s word of the day was on Dictionary.com?

“Logophile.” That’s right! “Lover of words”! Of course it’s our focus on this Word Wednesday!

Are you one? I hope so, because there’s a mine of word gems for us to explore and extract yet. Stay tuned, there may be another one yet today. 🙂


1. a lover of words.
When I was growing up, long before I became a logophile or even knew that a logophile was a word lover, my mom used to grumble about the misuse of the word “like” on TV.
— Patricia T. O’ Conner and Stewart Kellerman, Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language, 2009
Logophile comes from the Greek words lĂłgos meaning “word, speech, discourse” and philos meaning “loving, dear.”
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  1. Guilty as charged! 🙂


  2. Mr. Terpstra, use this however you see fit. God uses many people to reform His church. Some of these people, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin are really well known, whereas others are more obscure. Pierre Viret is one of these lesser known individuals. He was born on May 6,1531 in Orbe, Switzerland and was converted to Protestantism during his college years. God used his preaching to convert his own parents, among other people. I recently came across this man while working in the Protestant Reformed library and found out that he was an influential figure in the Swiss Reformation. I learned more about him by reading a book entitled: Pierre Viret: Ange l of the Reformation by R.A. Sheats. This title comes from the peaceful disposition that he had in spite of facing illness, the death of his first wife and a daughter as well as church controversies. He had many enemies, especially when he tried to reclaim the power of excommunication from the state and take it to the church. In spite of this he was acknowledged to be a godly man, even by his enemies. “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him”(Proverbs 16:7). This is an interesting book that shows Pierre Viret’s life and his long ministry, as well as his close relationships with John Calvin and William Farel. He displayed sound, Biblical theology. The chapters are mostly short, yet informative. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a lesser-known Reformer that God used to build His church in Switzerland and France.


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