“Lexophile” is not found in the Oxford English Dictionary nor in several other standard dictionaries. So, is it a “real” word, or about to become one? Wiktionary does list it as, “a lover of words especially in word games, puzzles, anagrams, palindromes, etc.” (From Greek lex for word, and phile for loving.)
The current standard word for a lover of words is “logophile,” which also comes from Greek, since logo also means word.
A wordplay list has been making the rounds online and purports to be from an annual New York Times lexophile contest. It doesn’t appear that the Times has ever had such a contest, since the word “lexophile” doesn’t show up in a search of the newspaper’s archive.
But let’s not quibble over such details. Wordplay is a lot of fun and I admire the ingenuity of the lexophiles who thought up the following:
I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
I know a guy who’s addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
A will is a dead giveaway.
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now.
A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.
He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.
Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.
I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.
Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.
Thanks to Heather for the tip. And the giggles.