Word of the Day :

ailurophile :


: a cat fancier : a lover of cats 

Ailurophilesyoung and old, are sureto love the art museum‘s new exhibitfeaturing paintings and photographsof felinesranging from tabbies to man-eaters

“Yes, it’s book one of a series…. And yes, the primary villain is a cat, whereas I’m an unashamedailurophile. … But none of thatmattered when I closed the backcover—I just wanted moremoremore.” — Katie Ward Beim-EscheChristian Science MonitorDecember30, 2014

Did you know?
Although the word ailurophile has only been documented in Englishsince the early 1900sailurophileshave been around for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians wereperhaps history‘s greatest cat loverspampering and adorning felineshonoring them in art, even treatingthem as gods. But the English wordailurophile does not descend fromEgyptianrather, it comes from a combination of the Greek wordailouroswhich means “cat,” and the suffix -philemeaning “lover.” If Egyptian cat-loving sentiments leaveyou cold and you’re moresympathetic to medieval Europeanswho regarded cats as wicked agentsof evil, you might prefer the wordailurophobe (from ailouros plus -phobemeaning “fearing or averseto”). That‘s a fancy name for someone who hates or fears cats.


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