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Similar to idolatry and iconodulism, epeolatry literally means the worship of words. It derives from ἔπος épos, which unlike λόγος lógos more specifically means word in Greek, and was apparently coined in 1860 by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.[1]

"Figuratively speaking, the word can be playfully applied to philologists, linguists, or lexicographers. The term is of significant satirical value and may be used in the denigration of popular religions or belief systems." (Urban Dictionary)[2]

The word seems to have gained popularity through blogging activities, f.ex. online diaries and the like.


  1. ^ Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Sr. (1860) The Professor at the Breakfast Table
  2. ^ http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Epeolatry