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One who appreciates and enjoys words.
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a person who loves words
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(ˈlɔ gəˌfaɪl, ˈlɒg ə-)

a lover of words.
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a lover of words. Also called philologue, philologer.
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Morpheus sees himself as a logophile: "Lover of words and lecher of words, licking my tongue into the dark crannies of syllables, lapping up secret juices, rooting with my swine-snout in the warm moist furrows, guzzling and snorting, licking my chops" (42).
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