It doesn't take much to start people arguing about words, but there's no quarrel about the origin of logomachy
. It comes from the Greek roots logos
, meaning "word" or "speech," and machesthai
, meaning "to fight," and it entered English in the mid-1500s. If you're a word enthusiast, you probably know that logos
is the root of many English words (monologue
, and most words ending in -logy
, for example), but what about other derivatives of machesthai
Actually, this is a tough one even for word whizzes. Only a few very rare English words come from machesthai
. Here are two of them: heresimach
("an active opponent of heresy and heretics") and naumachia
("an ancient Roman spectacle representing a naval battle").
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