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What Is a Logosglyph?

A logosglyph is a word that looks like what it means. For example:
  • The word bed looks like a bed.
  • The word eye looks like a pair of eyes and a nose.
Logosglyphs are typically used in poetry and descriptive writing to assist with description. For example:
  • A geek with come-to-bed eyes.
  • (In this example, the word geek is a logosglyph too, given it is about eyes.)

Examples of Logosglyphs

Here are some more examples of logosglyphs:
  • She had eyes like pools.
  • (In this example, the word pools is also a logosglyph because the oo portrays large, round, pool-like eyes.)

When used to describe eyes, pools is a logosglyph.
  • Tall legs like stilts.
  • (In this example, all the words can be classified as logosglyphs as their letters (particularly the Ls) give a sense of height.)

Origin of the Word Logosglyph

The word logosglyph literally means "word carving." It is a compound noun derived from the Greek words for word (logos) and carving (glyphe).

Logosglyphs Are a Form of Figurative Language

Logosglyphs are a form of figurative language, which covers unusual or imaginative word constructions. Logosglyphs contrast with onomatopoeic words, which sound like what they represent. Logosglyphs look like what they represent.