Audiendus wrote:I note that atelophobia means fear of imperfection. Shouldn't philately therefore mean love of imperfection? Is there something imperfect about stamp-collecting?
Or does it refer to philatelists' love of imperfect stamps, which can be very valuable? Probably not, but it's an interesting thought.
I do wish I had an inverted Jenny, but that's not to be. The old British Guiana Black on Magenta is out of my league, too. And that's a normal one.
The real root of the word:
"stamp-collecting," 1865, coined by Fr. stamp collector Georges Herpin (in "Le Collectionneur de Timbres-poste," Nov. 15, 1864), from Gk. phil- "loving" + ateleia "exemption from tax," the closest word he could find in ancient Gk. to the concept of "postage stamp" (from a- "without" + telos "tax"). A reminder of the original function of postage stamps, now often forgotten: the cost of letter-carrying formerly was paid by the recipient; stamps indicated it had been pre-paid by the sender, thus the letters were "carriage-free."