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Logomachy

[lo-GAH-me-kee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, mid-16th century

1.

An argument about words.

Examples of Logomachy in a sentence

"A logomachy might seem silly, but it's important to get your message across."

"We had a bit of a logomachy over what our new team slogan should be."

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About Logomachy

Of course Greek philosophers would have a word to describe an argument about words. In Greek, "logomakhia" means word (logo) fighting (makhia).

Did you Know?

The Gershwin brothers' song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" is a perfect musical logomachy. The song is most famous for the line "You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to" and other British versus American accent differences.

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