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word-lore

or word·lore

[wurd-lawr, -lohr]
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noun
  1. a study of words and derivations.
  2. the vocabulary of a particular language and the history of its words.
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Origin of word-lore

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples

  • The writer on word-lore must of necessity build on what has already been done, happy if he can add a few bricks to the edifice.

    The Romance of Words (4th ed.)

    Ernest Weekley

  • In word-lore, as in other sciences, it is seldom safe to lay down the law without a little conscientious "hedging."