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  •  Oh... you do know... (3+ / 0-)
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    ... that "phile" is the Greek for 'love of' something and that 'phobe' is the 'fear of' something... correct?

    Take any prefix, add phile and you'll get a love of something.  Bibliophile comes immediately to mind because I love books, but I deny crossing over to Bibliomania or collecting books for the sake of doing so - I read mine.

    Any prefix plus phobe and you get unreasonable fear of something.

    Gamophobia is a fear of marriage or commitment.  I have that one, and I don't wish to change it.  The mere idea of signing a legal document to live with someone else can cause a panic attack.  Exit... stage right... even!

    Trusty ol' Wikipedia has a list of phobias.  If you replace the suffix phobia with phile, you get the opposite meaning.

    Ergo: Ailurophile - love of cats.  Ailurophobe - fear of cats.  [It's in the list of phobias.]

    I love words and how they're constructed.  (Part of that goes clear back to grade school sixty years ago and phonics and sounding out words.)  It proves beneficial in genealogy research to know how other languages construct their words and how they combine two or more words to make another word entirely, then add another twist with a prefix or suffix that adds yet another meaning.

    :-)

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 10:15:22 PM PDT

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    •  Have I got a book you would love!! It's actually (1+ / 0-)
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      a book of slang and its origins, but goes into a bit of detail of how certain words/expressions came to be.

      We are both of an age to remember when reading and writing were taught properly, with an emphasis on the construction and lexicography of words.

      Betting a farthing here, that you are also one of those kids who must write down the word(s) you want to look up in the dictionary, because you're easily distracted by new words!

      I did a small diary for IAN about phobias, for fun--as odd as that sounds!  You can see it here:
      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      Now I have to go smack cg around for starting trouble about my lack of spilling abbillitees.

      :-)

      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 08:57:36 AM PDT

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      •  Cool Diary! (1+ / 0-)
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        Wish I had caught it when it was published!

        I make fun of my own phobias as a coping strategy, but they are very real and very scary.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 10:49:31 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks! It was tongue in cheek, as phobias are (1+ / 0-)
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          very real.  I tried to stick to the more unusual ones.

          It is much easier to cope when we're laughing, isn't it?

          :-)

          We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

          by The Marti on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 10:56:33 AM PDT

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          •  True - much easier to cope... (0+ / 0-)

            Altho I laugh and crack jokes about/at my own phobias only - not at the ones others have.  Only exception is if they crack jokes on theirs and thereby invite me to laugh with them to lessen the pain.

            Sometimes shared laughter over something so painful is the only way to cope.  It "lessens" the fear and effects somehow if I can laugh at my own fears that I should not even have and invite others to join me.  I can't really explain it, but it does (well, for me it does - obviously, I can't speak for others).

            A totally different case of laughter over pain is like my response the first time I heard a concentration camp survivor joke about the experience (it was someone on TV, don't remember which show now, but it had to be 40+ years ago or more).  I didn't think that was funny, couldn't laugh.  I'd read quite a lot about the concentration camps because my uncle wouldn't talk about his tank group opening up one of them, so I had a smidgin of an inkling how awful it was, but I didn't experience it (I was born nine months after the war ended).  Eventually, other survivors who joked about their experiences got me to smile in a couple of specific cases, but I still can't guffaw over any humor that's quite so dark.

            One of the best pieces of drama I ever saw was on PBS and called God on Trial and it's on YouTube.  It's a group of men at Auschwitz who put God on trial for being the one responsible for their predicament.

            Still, as comics know, "tragedy + time = comedy."  It's tried and true and patently obvious here at DK.  We survived the Bushista years on some pretty dark humor - it was a choice to laugh... or dissolve in a heap of hysterical tears....  Just pisses me off that Obama has continued so many of the Bushista policies, so I'm back to a lot of snark running through my brain, most of which I could never write for fear of being HRd into oblivion.

            I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

            by NonnyO on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 12:46:34 PM PDT

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