Word Ways


In his November 1978 article, "Logopoeia," Philip M. Cohen defines his title word as "a coined word meaning 'word-coinging.'" This definition does not do an established word justice. Logopoeia was defined by Ezar Pound -- who may have coined it -- in ABC of Reading (1934); and while "logopoeia" is literally "making of words," Pound gives the word a much richer definition. The accepted meaning of this and most (all?) other -poeia words (from the Greek poiein, to make) are in the following onomasticon. Perhaps this should have been subtitled Much Ado About 'Making'!