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Lexpionage

The sleuthing of words and phrases

Related origin

The words book and dictionary stemmed from the 16th century Middle French, earlier Greek, word of lexicon, which we today know to be our collection of words, our vocabulary.

Espionage, meaning to spy, stems from Old French espion.

Why this word?

This is a great compound describing a person on the constant look for exciting and new words and phrases.

When I am asked for my job title, I usually say that I’m a linguist, a translator, a writer or an editor. For the next little while I’ll simply reply that “I am a lexpionage”!

How to use lexpionage?

Take a look above; buy you can also say that “Victoria is such a lexpionage… I’m sick and tired of her constant attempts to improve my language!”

Or… “Enough with this lexpionagism, don’t you have anything better to do?”

The beauty in non-word words, is that you can do whatever you want with it; there is no one to prove you wrong.

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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