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I want to be able to describe the love for, or obsession with, words. It may also be a condition from other's perspective.

It maybe because he is a lunatic who wants to aggrandize his vocabulary, a crazy person who can't forget the words he hears wafting around, or someone who wants to set a world record or something. Try fitting it in these:

He is a _ who can blurt a thousand synonyms for good.

He is so __ that he can be called a dictionary with a heartbeat.

He is showing what a _ he is.

If thesaurus was a ghost, he would be dwelling in that _'s body.

Any word or phrase would do.

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Already checked. Unsatisfied. –  vickyace Jul 14 at 23:03
    
It's a shame that "dictophile" is only a slang term; it seems to encompass the definition and connotations you're looking for. –  Liesmith Jul 14 at 23:32
    
If I needed a special word for a normal human being, I would suggest Logovore. –  John Lawler Jul 15 at 0:36
    
@JohnLawler: I always thought chainsaws were logovores. –  Robusto Jul 15 at 1:07
    
Perhaps ELUer? –  bib Jul 15 at 12:10

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You can go with verbomaniac. Also, logomaniac is similar.

verbomania: Obsession with words.

logomania: Great enthusiasm for words.

Source: http://en.wiktionary.org

Note: Both words have the sense of excessive talking also.

If you want a more common phrase, you can use word buff.


Note: There is also a similar question asked before:
What's a big-vocabulary word for someone with a big vocabulary?

I'm giving different answers from there which are more related to obsession. For example; logophile, which is given as an answer in that question, comes to mind but logomaniac is closer to obsession.

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I think lexicomaniac may suggest an exaggerated love for words:

(noun) : one who loves words and reading [Its] book stock, which increases by about 8,000 volumes a year "a far cry from the 800 books that established Carlyle's home for the library's 800 original lexicomaniacs. —The Independent (London), October 26, 2005

Source: http://nws.merriam-webster.com

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