Trending: β€˜logorrhea’

Lookups spiked 56,000% on September 29, 2020

Why are people looking up logorrhea?

Logorrhea jumped to the top of our lookups on September 29, 2020, after Rachel Maddow used the word to describe the presidential debates that had recently occurred.

What does logorrhea mean?

We define logorrhea as β€œexcessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness.”

Where does logorrhea come from?

Logorrhea was created in English in the late 1800s from the Greek words logos, meaning "word," "reason," "speech" and -rrhea, from the verb that means "to flow." It's pronounced \log-uh-REE-ah\.

It was probably modeled on the much more familiar word diarrhea, which comes from Greek words combining to mean "to flow through."

Many of our exchanges have the β€œcrisp” sentence and paragraph fever bad. Gentlemen, brevity may be the soul of wit, but brevity is not wit, per se. There must be a well defined thought, then the less drapery and verbiage the better, but the thought must be clearly expressed. A very few have chronic logorrhea.
β€” Galveston Daily News (Houston, TX), 30 Dec. 1885

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