Eleven Terms for the Self-Proclaimed Smartypants

Eleven Terms for the Self-Proclaimed Smartypants

If you are a smartypants, there are certain words that you should know. These eleven terms describe people who are your kindred spirits. A bibliomaniac is a person who is obsessed with collecting books.

A bibliophile loves books, especially obscure volumes or books with unique features. They usually have quite a collection.

Logolepsy derives from Greek words meaning “word” and “to seize.” In this rare condition, a person has seizures of words. According to Charles H. Elster, the person loses

verbal control . . . over a pyrotechnic display of logodaedaly, by participating in a logomachy over some obscure point of grammar or etymology, or by being rendered senseless by a logographer’s logorrhea.

A logoleptic just might understand that definition.

A logophile is simply a lover of words.

Philomaths love learning. Do you know the difference between a philomath and a polymath? If you are a philomath, you will be sure to seek out the answer.

Sapiosexuals take fondness of intelligence to another level. They are sexually attracted to intellectuals, regardless of gender or physical attractiveness. Geeks and nerds couldn’t be happier to meet these brain lovers.

The term savant applies to learned people, especially scientists. Persons with savant syndrome have exceptional talents and abilities in specific areas like math, memory, or art. However, brain injuries and neurodevelopmental disorders are often associated with the condition.

Verbivore and logophile are related words. Both terms refer to people who delight in words and wordplay.

Now you have the vocabulary. Why not start a conversation with a verbivore today? You might start with asking if there is a word for people who love definitions!

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