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Jul 17, 2018
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

This week’s words
cynophobia
phillumenist
virilocal
pathophobia
paragnosis

phillumenist
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

phillumenist

PRONUNCIATION:
(fi-LOO-muh-nist)

MEANING:
noun: A collector of matchboxes, matchbooks, or their labels.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek phil- (loving) + Latin lumen (light). Earliest documented use: 1943.

USAGE:
“‘And a phillumenist, I see,’ I said, pointing my drink in the direction of a tall, though fat crystal vase half filled with matchbooks tucked into one corner of the room.”
Bianca Sloane; Live To Tell; SBB; 2016.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Writing is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. -E.L. Doctorow, novelist (1931-2015)

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