• Allison Lane

All the words I've loved before

My daughter has a thing for words said out loud. It might be that at eight, she has a power to make anything fun. But I think it’s more than that. Hearing her play with these words in her mouth, rolling them around and laughing with them. Well it’s just joy. Taste them for yourself.

  • suburban (suh-BUR-bin)

  • sassafras (SASS-eh-frass)

  • typical (TIP-eh-cul)

  • purple clams (PERP-puhl Klams)

Me? Certain words charm me. I love how they look in long-hand weaving their ways in cursive. Loopy and rounded, layered and whispery. The whole experience of my hand writing, pitched to the right, scribbling in a scratchy etch and watching my gel pen zig across the notebook paper, staining the paper forever with its archival ink, the smooth takeoff trail at the end. Mesmerizing. You're going to want to write these down. You're welcome.

Be a Lover. A logophile is a lover of words. Also called a word lover or philologos. A related term is logomaniac, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "a person who is obsessively interested in words." Etymology: From the Greek, "word" + "love"