Word of the Day: Redamancy

Posted Mon, 2/14/2011 - 4:50pm by  |  Category:

Redamancynoun: The act of loving in return.

I admit it. Finding a “Word of the Day” in a book entirely devoted to words is pretty much cheating. And using a word that is no longer really in use might be a little dubious. However, this is a beautiful word, and it’s so appropriate for today that I just couldn’t resist. Shea says that “redamancy is distinguished from most of the other words about love in that it is one of the few that specifies reciprocity.” If that’s not in the spirit of this holiday, I don’t know what is. I think perhaps it’s time to re-introduce this word into the English language.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

After years of failed relationships, Anna finally realized that it was her lack of redamancy that kept her in a perpetually lonely state.

This definition is courtesy of “Reading the OED” by Ammon Shea.

Word of the Day appears on weekdays and features words taken from books that Hugo House staff and volunteers are currently reading. Today’s word is brought to you by our blog intern, Cate Foster, who discovered it in Ammon Shea’s book “Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages.”