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Fun with words

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If you’re a reader, then you likely have a higher appreciation for words than the average Joe. What is reading anyway but staring at words on a page and hallucinating? It stands to reason then that there are a heap of words about reading that are almost as fun as reading itself. They come from all different languages and yet we can still relate.

Abibliophobia (English): The fear of running out of reading material. The cure for this is a library card. They’re free so why not sign up?

Tsundoku (Japanese): acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. Example – me. I have a whole library at home full of books that I’ve not read yet. They’re my retirement plan.

Bafflegab (English): confusing or generally unintelligible jargon; gobbledegook. Example – lawyer or politician speak.

Helluo Liborum (Latin): someone with an insatiable appetite for books, a book glutton. I feel personally attacked.

Unwort (German): A taboo or non-word; a word that’s not really a word, newly created, or offensive. Example – pretty much anything you come across on Urban Dictionary.

Bochord (Old English): Library, book hoard. Fun fact – did you know that librarians and library officers are all dragons cleverly disguised?

Bibliobibuli (English): One who reads excessively, to the point where they are said to be “drunk” on books. “I swear, officer, I’m not hammered – I’m grammared.”

Omnilegent (Latin): having read everything; characterised by encyclopedic reading #goals

Epeolatry (English): The worship of words. The Bindoon Library is actually a temple. Worship is from 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday with an extra service on Saturday mornings.

Princeps (Latin): a first edition of a work. Highly revered, usually kept locked away in glass cabinets.

Hamartia (Greek): a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine. Shakespeare may have been a pro at using this trope.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (English): One of the longest words in the English language, ironically means the fear of long words. I dare you to try and pronounce it. Go on, I double dare you.

Dostadning (Swedish): death cleaning. Slightly morbid but this is the art of decluttering before you fall off the perch to make it easier for your loved ones after you’re gone. What does this have to do with reading, you ask? If you saw how many books I own and the work it’ll take my poor family to clean out the house after I cark it, you would understand.