Battology

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Battol’ogy, n. useless repetition in language.

Word in the Wild: His writing suffers from ornate description and battology, but hidden beneath all that he’s got a valid point.

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ktdickinson October 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm

I was hoping for a link to “batty” in the etymology, but it turns out the word comes from Greek roots. Oh, well. I can always have my own folk etymology. I guess that would be called an “idiomology.”

Heather May 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

Hi, Cheryl. You can find the answer to your question in my May 2 blog entry. Thanks so much for writing in!

Cheryl May 2, 2009 at 9:15 am

Good info on this site. I have a question. I recently have heard news stories and such that refer to “coronate” as in “the conference is being held to coronate the new leader.” Is this now a verb and a noun?

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