epeolatry /ep-ee-OL-ə-tree/. noun. The worship of words. From Greek epos (word) + latreiā worship.
“A long farewell to Marshall McLuhan, most treacherous of clerks and a threat to all who cherish epeolatry.” (The Observer, 1968)
“Time, time only, can gradually wean us from our Epeolatry, or word-worship, by spiritualizing our ideas of the thing signified. Man is an idolater or symbol-worshipper by nature…” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
“He never ran into any other visitors, and generally stayed for an hour or two, reading aloud something he knew Mr. Greene, in his arcane epeolatry, would have approved of…” (Erik Hoel)
“I’m a book-bosomed literarian guilty of epeolatry and bibliosmia, which means I ALWAYS have a book with me, I’m educated, and I worship words and smell books.” (Fortified By Books)