Tuesday, 19 May 2015

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

Two overlapping speech bubbles


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.


  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.

    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?

    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!

  2. How cool is this?! I did not know this one. Thank you!