Logophile: So Much to Love

Pair the word with the object of their affection.

The word love in typewriter font

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The word logophile stems from the Greek roots logos “words” and philein “to love” — a logophile is someone who loves words. But there are so many things in this world to love! Can you match up these other –philes with the objects of their affection?

Match the Word with the Thing Loved

    1. An anthophile loves …
    2. An ailurophile really appreciates …
    3. A chionophile is keen on …
    4. A cinephile quite enjoys …
    5. A cynophile just adores …
    6. An oenophile can’t get enough of …
    7. A pogonophile treasures …
    8. A selachophile is enchanted by …
    9. A selenophile prizes …
    1. beards
    2. cats
    3. dogs
    4. flowers
    5. the moon
    6. movies
    7. sharks
    8. snow
    9. wine



  1. d
  2. b
  3. h
  4. f
  5. c
  6. i
  7. a
  8. g
  9. e

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  1. “Antho-” is a good one to remember. The word “anthology” originally comes from Greek roots meaning “flower gathering.” See https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/04/in-a-word-an-anthology-of-spring-flowers/

    Here’s a fun way to remember “oenophile”: It’s pronounced “EE-nuh-file,” that beginning sounding an awful lot like “enough,” as in…

    “Would you like some more wine?” the waiter asked.
    “I think I’ve had enough,” I answered, holding out my empty glass for another pour.


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