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“Book lover”: suggested by “Anthologio”

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10 Words Every Book Lover Should Know

Posted: 05/09/2014



The word for a book-lover is a ‘bibliophile,’ a word first recorded in print — according to the Oxford English Dictionary — in 1824. Alternatively, there is the word ‘bookworm,’ which is of an altogether older pedigree: it first appears in 1580. (The poet and playwright Ben Jonson went on to use it in one of his plays, a satire which bears the pleasing title of Cynthia’s Revels, or The Fountain of Self-Love.) But what words should every good bibliophile and bookworm know? Here are some of my favorites.

Well, if you like words, you’re probably guilty of EPEOLATRY, which means ‘the worship of words.’ This word first appears in an 1860 book by Oliver Wendell Holmes Senior. If you consider yourself an educated or ‘lettered’ person, you might be described as a LITERARIAN, a word adopted from the French in the 18th century and probably modeled on similar words such as ‘librarian’ and ‘antiquarian.’

Some people consider themselves highly educated and lettered literarians, but in fact they are often ULTRACREPIDARIAN — a word which refers to someone who gives an opinion on things s/he knows nothing about. This rather useful word is first recorded in a letter of 1819 written by influential critic William Hazlitt (indeed, he applies the word ‘ultracrepidarian’ to a critic here in its inaugural use). This word also has an interesting etymology: it literally means ‘beyond the sole,’ an allusion to a story involving the ancient Greek painter Apelles. According to Pliny the Elder, a cobbler criticised Apelles’ painting of a shoe, stating that it was inaccurate. Apelles promptly redid the painting. The cobbler, spurred on by the effect his first criticism had had upon the artist, proceeded to criticise the way Apelles had painted the leg above the shoe. But this was too much for Apelles, who reportedly warned the cobbler, ‘Let the shoemaker venture no further.’ The cheeky cobbler had ventured ‘beyond the sole’ — i.e., beyond his own field of expertise. (This story is doubly apt, given that ultracrepidarians often talk a load of cobblers.)

Another word for this sort of person, whom you may overhear mouthing off about books, films, politics, or, indeed, anything at the next table in the pub or the coffee house, is MOROSOPH. A ‘morosoph’ is a would-be philosopher — a fool who thinks he’s clever than he is. The word comes from the French writer Rabelais, where the ‘moro-‘ is from the Greek meaning ‘dull’ or ‘stupid’ and the ‘-soph’ from the Greek for ‘wise.’ Morosophs are foolish for thinking themselves so wise.

If you’re not only an avid reader, but one of those people who simply cannot leave the house without a tome stashed in your pocket or bag, then it may interest you to know that Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott coined the phrase BOOK-BOSOMED to describe someone who carries a book at all times. The phrase first appears in Scott’s celebrated 1805 poem The Lay of the Last Minstrel.

However, beware you don’t get accused of overdoing the books: BIBLIOBIBULI was American humorist H. L. Mencken’s coinage, and it refers to people who read too much. Is there such a thing as reading too much? Well, Mencken thought so: ‘There are some people who read too much: the bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.’

Perhaps now would be a good time to head to the library and view the NCUNABULA. This word can be used generally to mean something in its early stages; however, it also specifically means any book printed before 1500 — that is, in the early stages of printing. ‘Incunabula’ comes from the Latin for ‘swaddling-clothes.’

If you’ve read this far, the chances are you’re a voracious reader, someone who might be described as a BIBLIOPHAGIST — literally, a devourer of books.

I’ll leave you with my own suggestion, BIBLIOSMIA — meaning the act of smelling books, especially as a way of getting a ‘fix’ from the aroma of old tomes. Let’s get this coinage out there — I reckon there are more bibliosmiacs out there than many people would realise. It’s time we stood up, book in hand, to be counted.

An earlier version of this post appeared on Oliver Tearle’s blog, Interesting Literature: A Library of Literary Interestingness.





Reading is like living thousands of lives and those who do not read have only the experience of one life. A Tumblr blogger, booklover, is a promoter for this ancient form of static travel. Keeping true to tradition she saturates her day with an unending turning of pages, real parchment if she’s lucky, entering into amazing worlds full of beauty. She shares with Sensa Nostra what it is about literature that draws her heart, the importance of reading, and how technology will never kill the importance of the book.

The trend nowadays is the e-Reader. I don’t have one but I could imagine getting one, one day. There’s just something indescribable about the smell, the feel, of a good book, to feel the physical form in my hand, and to have the satisfaction of turning the crisp page. I tried to read from a Kindle once but it just wasn’t the same. I didn’t feel like I was reading a book, there wasn’t the emotion or connection. That said, I don’t consider e-Readers to be a bad invention nor would I say they have destroyed the sanctity of the physical book. People who use e-Readers tend to be book-lovers anyway and I sympathize with how an e-Reader solves the space issue – some e-Readers hold over ten thousand books! I, however, am a collector, and love seeing stacks upon stacks of books piled in my house to the point of spilling onto the street. As I always expected, non-readers aren’t jumping on the e-Reader bandwagon, beyond buying the toy just to have it; they tend to avoid books generally. But I have also seen how e-Readers can seduce non-readers into being book-lovers, which is fantastic. I’m known for having a strong prejudice against those who do not know or respect the value of good literature. It’s a phenomenon I can’t understand.

I guess I would say I’m more or less a classic-lit junkie, or perhaps incredibly selective. There are so many terrible books put out nowadays and it can sometimes kill the artistic value of literature itself. Especially with regard to publishing companies who in order to survive sacrifice their own values on what constitutes good writing to turn a profit. My problem with that is the meaningless products the public is then subjected to. If the publishing companies produce terrible books, the people are reading terrible books or choosing to not read at all, which just perpetuates cold capitalism and idiotic narcissism.

But when I do get my hands on a good book, it is like the world opens up and I plunge deep into a dreamland full of possibilities. If I love a book it becomes more real and important to me than anything or anyone else; more real than anything or anyone in this physical “reality”. Reading is like living thousands of lives and those who do not read have only the experience of one life. If I end a day without having read a book, I count that day as a total waste, and I feel my life would be incomplete were I not to embrace literature and reading as I do. Nothing in this physical world satisfies me like wrapping my hands around the embossed, leather bound spine and turning the pages to discover a mystery world that I alone can explore. A book is a magical key to an unchartered place.



10 Blissful Moments Only A Book Lover Can Experience


Nov 12, 2014

People who love to read books are the ones who dare to escape into a new world and have the courage to come back to reality. Every time you read a book you take a trip to heaven. There are those days when you just want to cut off from the world and spend quality time with your books.

Here are those 10 blissful moments every avid reader will relate to.

1. The longingness to go back to your home or that perfect spot where you can read again


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2. Nothing is more refreshing than the smell of a book, old or new


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3. The joy of learning something new, about an entire different world


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4. Reading a book is like hibernation mode: Takes you away from all the chaos


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5. Before you go to bed you are like “Just one more chapter…”


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6. It is your favorite hobby and your friends are exasperated about it


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And anyway it’s not a hobby; Reading is a full time job.

7. You often see yourself as someone with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), simply because you are too much into the character


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8. You love when there is a heartbreak in the book, because the story is just about to get serious


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..or you hate when your favorite character dies, since you created multiple scenarios in your head

9. The delight of being all by yourself, but never being alone


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10. Once you are done; you never know if it was your best, because the best is yet to come

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.

This story is brought to you in association with Amazon India



16 Truths You Will Understand If You Are A Book Lover


Jun 19, 2014

The world is divided into two kinds of people, readers and everybody else. Reading is not just a habit it’s a way to be. A person who reads is often by himself but never alone.

Here is a list of sixteen amazing things that all book lovers would relate to.

1. Everything from boarding pass to railway ticket becomes a bookmark for you


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Sometimes you use price tags too!

2. While you look for bookmarks, this annoying habit of non readers really puts you off


That is NOT how you treat a book!

3. Nothing is more refreshing than the smell of new book


I wish there was a perfume with the fragrance of a book.

4. More often than not Kindle does not light any fire with you


We like our books hard bound and printed.

5. As a kid your mother always warned you ‘Chashma lag jayega!’


Early signs of developing into a serious reader.

6. ‘Keetabe bahut se paadhi hongi tumne…’ should not be used as a pick up line


Never works. Just letting you know.

7. You always get grief for reading on vacations and are often labelled anti-social


Reading is my idea of a vacation. Why is it so hard to understand?

8.  No movie adaptation can ever be as good as the book



9. You can ask a reader her salary, you can even ask her age. But do NOT ask her for her books


Especially if you are the types who wouldn’t return it.

10. When you get a friend request on Facebook you invariably end up checking the list of books they have read


We don’t judge a book by its cover but we do judge people by the books they read.

11. A reader will always be curious about what the other person on the next table is reading


And will go out of his way to find out.

12.  You have spent nights finishing a book. Sobbing, laughing, and enjoying the world the writer paints


In the meantime everyone else around you thinks you are slowly turning delirious.

13. You often forget to eat or sleep because what you are reading is just unputdownable


What a joy that feeling is. To be so involved that everything else around you ceases to exist.

14. Your friends believe that you have all the answers.  ‘Tu bata na yaar. Tu toh kitna padhta hai’


And the truth is that you don’t have the answers. Just like them, you are exploring.

15. People have no difficulty buying you a gift


Most of your gifts are books. No surprises here.

16. Your retirement plan revolves around owning a quaint book store cum coffee house in a corner of a bustling street. Somewhere in the mountains


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Where all you do is read. What a life that would be.





Vladimir Nabokov with a bunch of school girls in 1948


Vladimir Nabokov with a bunch of school girls in 1948


labellefilleart:The Browning Readers, William Rothenstein

The Browning Readers, William Rothenstein




incomplete thoughts // jennifer dionisio 

incomplete thoughts // jennifer dionisio








Rene de Groux

Rene de Groux



rozzzzza:Vintage Collection | ROZA

Vintage Collection | ROZA

















Book lover by Alephunky



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