Verbivore is a humorous neologism coined by Richard Lederer in the early 1980s. Verbivore derives from the Latin terms verbum (“word”) and Latin vorax, from vorō (“devour”) and essentially means one who devours words. A verbivore could also be called a verbophile, logophile, or a word nerd, which makes it a perfect addition to this particular word nerd’s Index! Verbivore’s have an insatiable desire for the knowledge of words and take delight in discovering new words, ways to use words, and even in the creation of words.
It starts with one word / and it spirals undone / this love of letters spun together as one. / Then twisted and reassembled / again and again / the words tumble; transcendental. / A verbivore born / a logophile created / their lust for words unabated. / Language and letters / their powers unspent / a world of discovery, never content. / Word Nerd to the core / an effervescent delight / always learning, seeking linguistic insight. ~ Ella
Verbivore is definitely a new favorite of mine, how about you?
Namaste ~ Ella
** If there’s a word you’d like to see added to the Word Nerd roster, please feel free to contact me or suggest it in the comments – I love feedback and recommendations!