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The word somnambulism is to walk as what word is to talk?

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Answer: somniloquism

Those who sleep-walk are somnambulists, whereas those who sleep-talk are somniloquists.

According to the Online Etymological Dictionary, the word somnambulism beat out the word noctambulation to become the common English word for this phenomenon.


re: etymology of somnabulism/somniloquism, just to make things clear you could also give the Latin word loquere: to speak.

The other day I came across the etymology of tawdry. Fascinating and I should have known it because I have often visited Ely and my parents were married at St. Etheldreda's, Ely Place.

Maybe you've already used it for MooT. Always happy to get the emails and even more when I get the right answer as I did with somniloquism.

Patrick Carey

Loquere? I remember that "speak" in Latin is a deponential verb ( deponens in Latin), i.e. it is passive in form but active in meaning. To speak is thus "loqui" not "*loquere". And I speak would be "loqueor". Another example is "hortari" to command.

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