Monday, August 25, 2008

Request: Words needed


I just found myself in need of terms for the state being able to reason and its opposite, something analogous to “literacy” and “illiteracy” or “numeracy” and “innumeracy”. Does anyone know of any such terms? I cannot think of any in English. If I were to coin something appropriate, I would probably use “rationacy” and “irrationacy” or “logacy” and “illogacy”, but I would rather not take this route. A search in Google turned up isolated use of “rationacy” in the way I described; “logacy” seems to be repeatedly used as a misspelling of “legacy”. “Irrationacy” turned up no results, while “illogacy” showed up twice seemingly as a synonym for “illogic”. Does anybody know of better terms? Thanks in advance

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