Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Hobby Horse




Q. I know that a stamp collector is called a philatelist, and a bibliophile collects books, but can you give me a rundown on some other fancy names for hobbies?

A. As it happens, yes I can. A couple of years ago, I did a couple of articles for Barbara Crews and her About Guide to Collectibles (About.com). One of the articles contained a list of hobby names that I made up because they seemed to be nonexistent. The other article contained verifiable names such as the following:

• aerophilatelist: one who collects airmail stamps

• arctophile: one who collects bear figures

• bibliophile: one who collects books

• cameist: one who collects cameos

• cervisiologist: one who collects beer cans

• conchologist: one who collects shells

• deltiologist: one who collects postcards

• discophile: one who collects phonograph records

• errinophilist: one who collects revenue or tax stamps (NOT postage stamps)

• ex-librist: one who collects bookplates

• exonumist: one who collects numismatic items other than coins and paper money

• fusilatelist: one who collects telephone calling cards

• helixophile: one who collects corkscrews <>

• heortologist: one who collects religious calendars

• iconophile: one who collects prints, engravings, etc.

• lepidopterist: one who collects and mounts butterflies

• numismatist: one who collects coins, tokens, medals, paper money

• philatelist: onee who collects postage stamps

• phillumenist: one who collects matchbook covers

• pupaphile: one who collects dolls or puppets

• succrologist: one who collects sugar packets

• vecturist: one who collects transportation tokens

• vexillologist: one who collects flags


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