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In Greek xenos means "foreign" — as in xenophobia, fear or dislike of foreigners. Two words that are derived from this root denote "the ability to speak a language you have never learned." What are they?

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Answer: xenoglossy and xenoglossia

Both words derive from the Greek xenos, foreign or strange + glossa, tongue.

For more information about xenoglossia (as well as glossalalia, coprolalia, embolalia, and Witzelsucht), check out the Online Dictionary of Language Terminology at


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