Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Duologue - Two's Company (Three's a Dialogue)

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DUOLOGUE

Noun. Mid-18th century.
[from DUO- two, after monologue.]

A conversation between two people;
a dramatic piece with two actors.

Only geeky, nerdy, pedantic types will be interested in the distinction between a duologue and a dialogue (a monologue needs no explanation, surely), but seeing as I'm the geeky, nerdy, pedantic type, I've decided to cover itBasically, a dialogue is a conversation between "two or more people or groups," whereas a duologue is a conversation between exactly two people. Of course, if you ever forget this and call a duologue a dialogue, only for some nerdy, geeky, pedantic type like me to correct you, you can save yourself by rightly pointing out that it is still a dialogue, as every duologue is by definition also a dialogue (though a dialogue isn't always necessarily a duologue).

Is that clear?

Do please monologue your most logomaniacal comments below.

25 comments:

  1. One of the interesting features of Lexicolatry is that it is tempting one (me) to branch off and investigate associated or similar words. Duologue is a case in point. After Eddie's nerdy, geeky, and pedantic comments I noticed that we are invited to make 'logomaniacal comments, so here goes.

    Logomaniacal is obviously a deliberate mistake as that describes a person who is obsessionally crazy about logos, or company symbols. Having Googled 'logo', I entered a couple of sites which looked at some of the most popular logos i.e. Macdonalds, Toyota, Haagen Daz, Audi, etc., and showed the clever hidden messages within. Most interesting and entertaining; thanks to Lexicolatry.

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    1. Following on from the above, logue is someone who looks really tired. e.g.Eddie looks extremely logue today. There is a place in Northern Ireland called Loguestown; where everyone looks tired. So the question is, can 'duologue' also describe two people who are very tired?

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    2. 'Logomania' is defined in the OED as 'a form of insanity in which there is great loquacity'. I do like your definition too though. And yes - I've seen articles on the hidden messages in logos. One of my favourites is the Fedex logo - I can't put a picture of it here, but google it and see if you can spot the arrow!

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