Greek #2

Root: PHIL, PHILE

Meaning: love, very strong interest in

Words:

1. philanthropist (n) (anthrop = mankind, humans) (-ist = designates a person): a person who loves humanity, a person who acts benevolently toward mankind

My son is a philanthropist of sorts, often eager to “share” his half-eaten, unwanted food and his broken toys with just about anyone. And yet, the second his little sister willingly shares an unwanted item with him, he is quick to point out that it’s “not really that nice” because she didn’t want it. Then, an argument commences about whether or not she was, in fact, nice. It’s all very philanthropic of them, this sharing and then arguing about it thing they have going on.

2. philosophy (n) (soph = wise): love of wisdom that leads to a search for it or study of it

I really enjoyed philosophy in college. I really did, and I truly believe it’s an important subject to study. But I’m also a daydreamer of the highest order, and a class with long discussions involving the search for truth lent itself well to daydreaming. So did algebra, chemistry, and Spanish in high school, frankly, as well as biology, art history and PE 101 in college. Oh, and Educational Research and Educational Psychology in grad school, and…well, really, taking out the garbage five minutes ago. You get the idea. I guess this tells you a bit about my philosophy of education as well. It’s amazing the wisdom that comes from a lifetime of daydreaming. At least I’m hoping.

3. Anglophile (n) (Anglo = for our purposes here, it means English or British, which is a narrow definition of the root): one who loves or is very interested in Britain and/or all things British

When the small people came into being, my life as an Anglophile came to a screeching halt. Turns out, diaper expenses can quickly add up to the cost of a roundtrip ticket to Heathrow, and then some. Now, at best, I watch a snippet of BBC News between small people “emergencies” and try to pretend I’m sitting in a B&B on a moor somewhere in England. Sometimes, I keep pretending during the small people emergencies. And if you’re shocked by this confession, just wait until you have kids yourself.

4. bibliophile (n) (biblio = book): one who loves books

When the small people came into being, my life as a bibliophile also came to a screeching halt. Now, you might catch me walking past a bookstore, wide-eyed and salivating, looking longingly at a life I once knew. Somehow, today’s reading of Clifford and the Big Ship, enthralling as it was in that I-could-care-less kind of way, didn’t quite satiate.

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  1. Now you are scaring me, as I completely identify with numbers 2-5. While I don’t believe any of my boys to yet be a philosopher, I do have a serious hippophile. He has always had a deep love for horses, although he admits to being equally enthralled with hippocampi, after reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

    1. Maybe we’re twins, separated at birth. We could get reunited on a talk show and start a spin-off blog about our experience. Would there be a phile word for that?

      What does your son think of the Percy Jackson series, by the way? I haven’t delved into it yet, and am curious.

      1. He loved the series, as well as the first book of the in the spin-off Heros of Olympus series (The Lost Hero). We read them together, and they really sparked in interest in mythology for him. I enjoyed the books as well, although I didn’t find them as well written as Harry Potter and the like, they are worthy reads, and still suspenseful. I actually preferred the Heros… series from a writing standpoint.

        He has also read the first two books in another series by Rick Riordan called the Kane Chronicles that take on Egyptian mythology. (Book 1-The Red Pyramid, Book 2-The Throne of Fire.) He said those books are even better than the Olympian series’. I have yet to read them.

        1. Autoblogiphile?

          1. Oh, you’re good! Although, there might be some connotations to that word that might not be totally favorable!:)

        2. Thanks! I think I might try some of these as read-alouds to the boys soon. It’s always good to get a “real kid’s” opinion and not just a professional reviewer’s opinion. I miss that about teaching, because I always had tons of kids that I could question about things, books or otherwise, when I wanted the real scoop.

  2. Monica says: Reply

    I LOVE your greek! Good stuff. And glad to know that my boys aren’t alone in their philanthropic styles! 🙂 You make me laugh.

    1. Thanks! Glad to know my kids aren’t alone either – sometimes I get worried!

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