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12 September 2011 @ 09:26 pm
recent words of the day - helluo librorum, wordmonger, and marginalia  
Excellent words, all of them!

helluo librorum, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˌhɛljʊəʊ lᵻˈbrɔːrəm/,  U.S. /ˌhɛljuoʊ ləˈbrɔ(ə)rəm/
Etymology: <  post-classical Latin helluo librorum (in some medieval MSS of Cicero) <  classical Latin helluō helluo n. + librōrum, genitive plural of liber book (see library n.1).
In early editions of Cicero De Finibus
3. 7, it is said that Cato ‘quasi helluo librorum‥videatur’ (‘appeared
like a glutton for books’); the modern reading, restored from MS
evidence by Jan Gruter in his edition of 1618, is ‘quasi helluari
libris‥videatur’ (‘appeared as if to devour books’).
 Now rare.
  An insatiable reader, a bookworm.
1635  S. Birckbek Protestants Evid. xii. 4 One of these brothers was called Comestor‥, as it were booke-eater, because he was such a Helluo librorum, a devourer of bookes.
1738 Relig. of Nature Delineated (ed. 6) Pref. p. ix, He was of Opinion too That a man might easily read too much: And he considered the Helluo Librorum and the True Scholar as two very different Characters.
1841 U.S. Democratic Rev. Sept. 299 We would not style him exactly a helluo librorum, but rather a sort of antiquarian epicure of letters.
1942  E. K. Chambers Sheaf of Stud. 153 He [sc. Coleridge] does not mention the Bodleian, but it would be odd if such a helluo librorum did not see it.

wordmonger, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈwəːdˌmʌŋgə/,  U.S. /ˈwəːdˌmɑŋgər/, /ˈwəːdˌməŋgər/
Etymology: <  word n. + monger n.1 Compare wordman n.
  Originally: a person who deals in strange, pedantic, or empty words (depreciative). Now also: a person skilled in the use of words.
1590  R. Tarlton Newes out of Purgatorie Ep. Ded. sig. A 2v, The word~mongers of malice, that like the Vipers grew odious to their own kinde.
1675  R. Baxter Catholick Theol. i. v. 13, I
have purposely been the larger on this instance, to warn the Reader to
take heed of the common cheat of Scholastick Word-mongers.
1749  G. Lavington Enthusiasm Methodists & Papists (1820) 331 God hath cautioned me against these word-mongers.
1788  S. Low Politician Out-witted i. iii. 11 Pleasure
and Comfort are words which imply the same thing with me; but‥modern
critics and fashionable word-mongers have‥made a very nice distinction
between them.
1840  W. G. Simms Border Beagles II. v. 71 Goes she not to meet this smiling fellow—this Saxon—this pleasing wordmonger?
1855  J. L. Motley Rise Dutch Republic III. vi. iii. 453 The word-mongers who could clothe one shivering thought in a hundred thousand garments.
1916 Daily News 8 Nov. in  E. Weekley Etymol. Dict. Mod. Eng. (1921) 944 Professor Weekley is well known to our readers as the most entertaining of living word~mongers.
1942  E. B. White One Man's Meat 50 All word-mongers, at one time or another, have felt the divine necessity of using their talents.
1961  C. Bukowski Let. 22 Apr. in  C. Bukowski  & S. Martinelli Beerspit Night & Cursing (2001) 220, I cannot speak on tape for a petty bunch of word-mongers who would really rather be fucked and praised than shape the word.
2005 Standard(St. Catharines, Ont.) (Nexis) 10 Sept. e5 The Canadian wordmonger and humourist taps into more of our foibles, peculiarities, and myths.
 ˈwordˌmongery n.
1831  E. Biber Henry Pestalozzi iv. 44 The sentence of condemnation pronounced by Pestalozzi upon the word-mongery of all the existing systems.
1881  F. Max Müller tr.  Kant Critique Pure Reason II. ii. iii. 223 There remains nothing but mere wordmongery.
1966  P. Moloney Plea for Mersey 26 This is pleasant enough word-mongery.

marginalia   \mahr-juh-NAY-lee-uh\   noun
1 : marginal notes or embellishments (as in a book)
2 : nonessential items

Did you know?
We don't consider a word's etymology to be marginalia, so we'll start off by telling you the etymology of this one. "Marginalia" is a New Latin word that can be traced back to the Latin forms "margin-" and "margo," meaning "margin." "Marginalia" is a relatively new word; our earliest evidence of its use is from 1832. The related adjective "marginal" is quite a bit older; it was first used in 1573. On the other end of the spectrum is another relative, "marginalize." That word was first used in 1970.

jtdiiijtdiii on September 13th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
I like wordmonger... :) It brings to mind words on ice...
Albredaalbreda on September 13th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
A helluo librorum sounds like a great D&D monster that one could set loose upon libraries of ancient scrolls... >:)