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Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:24 pm
by Summer
Early this week or last week, I saw a word on here that is used for "someone who is afraid of running out of something to read" and I have forgotten it. Can someone refresh my memory please!? I can't seem to find it :cry: Thanks :D

Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:11 pm
by Slava
abibliophobia

Found here: http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/phobias.html

It's the first one.

Welcome to the Agora! Hope you enjoy your stay.

:)

Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:33 pm
by Summer
Thank you sooo much! :)

Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:09 pm
by Slava
Glad I could help.

Abibliophobia

Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:03 pm
by Dr. Goodword

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:53 pm
by Audiendus
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.

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:07 am
by Slava
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:
etymonline.com wrote:philately
"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."

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:59 am
by Stargzer
Slava wrote:...The real root of the word: ... 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.


WHOA! Can you imagine having to pay for Junk Mail, let alone SPAM?

:shock:

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:12 pm
by Slava
Stargzer wrote:WHOA! Can you imagine having to pay for Junk Mail, let alone SPAM?

:shock:
Fortunately, there wasn't any way back when. Sadly, both are with us now.