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Alternative forms

  • word-lore


From word +‎ lore. Compare Old English wordlār (verbal teaching or instruction).


wordlore (uncountable)

  1. The science, study, or knowledge of words.
    • 1910, Ruth Sawyer, Poet lore:
      Morris mastered the secrets of English wordlore as much better than Shakespeare as the manifold development of the science of language (speechlore) natually enabled him to do.
    • 1989, American Psychological Association, Psyc books: Volume 2:
      Alcohol wordlore and folklore: Being a compendium of linguistic and social fact and fantasy associated with the use [...]