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Fancy words and one-sided complaints

Fancy words? We just enjoyed watching Akeelah and the Bee, a very nice story about a young black girl in south L.A. who makes it her ambition to get to (and win) the National Spelling Bee. Lots of words which you and I will never ever encounter in real life. One of the words in the “championship round”: logorrhea, defined in Webster’s thus:

Main Entry: log·or·rhea
Pronunciation: "lo-g&-'rE-&, "lä-
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin
: excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness

For those of who not seeing the connection, the word is derived from Greek logos, “word” + rhein, “to flow.” Of course, that latter root is from whence we get the word “diarrhea.” See the connection?

I immediately thought of our oldest four-year-old son who can’t seem to stop talking. Even when he says he’ll stop. Lois and I shared a look when that word was defined in the movie.

As for “one-sided complaints,” has anyone else ever noticed how people complain that “there’s always so many dishes to wash,” and “there’s always clothes to pick up”…. but no one ever says with that same tone, “Why is there another meal on the table?!!!”

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  1. Eric says

    Mae got me a mug from Starbucks with that word and its definition on it for my birthday! Hmmm… but I noticed immediately a problem: It says:

    Logorrhea
    adj: excessive talkativeness

    Huh? Adjective? Looks like Starbucks needs some more proofreaders for their ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ merchandising campaign! 🙂

  2. sims says

    still alive and kickin… watch out



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