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Today I found a very old ‘note to self’ upon which I’d written the word “logorrhea.” For those of you unfamiliar with the word, Webster’s Dictionary defines the word as “excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness.” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logorrhea.
The very first time that I came across the word, I was reminded of diarrhea, the medical condition that, I have no doubt, no one wants. Given its similarity to the word “diarrhea,” each time I see the word, I define it as ‘diarrhea of the mouth,’ a definition that causes me (1) to laugh out loud every time, and (2) to remember the actual definition. I hope that it does the same for you.