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if it's okay to ask, what do you call the love for inanimate objects? Folo4 (talk) 09:26, 30 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

fetishism - see the bit at the bottom about Sigmund Freud.--Publunch (talk) 20:15, 28 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


What makes this topic encyclopedic? Is it even an article? In my opinion it doesn't belong here. Maybe in the wiktionary.·Maunus· ·ƛ· 08:14, 21 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Etymological question[edit]

It is strange that philia has come to mean what eros meant to the ancients. It is quite commendable that a parent or a teacher should feel philia toward a child, though if they start to feel eros, there is a problem.

I'd be pleased to know how this twist came about. --Publunch (talk) 20:15, 28 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've been intrigued by this question and have researched into it, with no success. However, I have a theory that it is probably connected to the stigma, dating from Victorian England, that "if a man loves people who aren't considered part of his nuclear family, it means that he's gay", which evolved into a more general "it means that he wants to have sex with them" stigma. The recent growing cultural tolerance of homosexuality has eased the "gay" stigma, but meanwhile the more general "sex" stigma has intensified due to growing awareness and fear of sexual harassment and grooming.

Indeed, paedophilia is probably the starkest example out there in support of my theory. Nowadays, in the UK it is highly risky for a man to express deep nonsexual love towards someone else's child, because it tends to result in him being branded a paedophile (i.e. abnormally sexually attracted to children) and thus as a very serious threat to the child. This is also the main reason why adults are widely prohibited from touching other people's children. Tws45 (talk) 17:38, 25 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Necrophilia as a hobby[edit]

I find it rather strange that necrophilia, according to this article, is hobby for someone. Hopefully it is just a sick joke. Siim (talk) 09:30, 30 August 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Who are you to say Necrophilia is not a hobby? That is an insult to necrophiliacs everywhere. ProudlyAnon (talk) 00:13, 24 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I also reacted when I saw that necrophilia was listed among hobbies. Assuming that ProudlyAnon is merely joking, I will create a section titled "Paraphilias" and move necrophilia there.

/Jonte93 (talk) 20:12, 18 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I discovered a link to List of paraphilias, so there's no need for such a section in this article. Instead, I removed necrophilia from the list of hobbies.

/Jonte93 (talk) 20:20, 18 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Article says "phile" is antonymic to "phobe." I dispute the assertion. Phobe is irrational fear, not hatred or dislike (though the latter often follows the former.) Can anyone offer up the Greek for hatred/dislike?

--TheEditrix2 21:06, 19 September 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The prefix anti- could work in some cases.

/Jonte93 (talk) 20:12, 18 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

adjectives vs. nouns[edit]

Words ending in "-phile" and "-philia" are nouns, meaning respectively "a person who likes X / a substance attracted to X" and "attraction to X". Words ending in "-philic" are adjectives that describe a person or substance who or which is attracted to X. I've just adjusted the defs in Chemistry and Physics, but the distinction needs to be observed throughout. --Thnidu (talk) 02:59, 4 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The accursed spaced slash[edit]

again. A slash is a space saver, not a space creator. I'd change them all to commas if I had the energy. Rothorpe (talk) 22:56, 3 January 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've also seen slashes inaccurately used to indicate synonyms, as in "dogs/canines". So, I agree with Rothorpe's assertion and removed the slashes on both sides of the equations. I removed random capitals on the left side and capitalized the first letter on the right side where it was lacking. I'm not sure I understand all of the definitions, though. If someone does, perhaps you could make them more easily understood. Thank you, Wordreader (talk) 19:28, 10 April 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Many thanks for replacing the hideous spaced slashes with gentle commas. Rothorpe (talk) 19:39, 10 April 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Should paraphilias that end with "philia" be added here? AbsolutelyHuman (talk) 10:32, 14 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I should think so. Paraphilia links to this article.♥ L'Origine du monde ♥ Talk 13:35, 16 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Have created a stub section, linking to *List of paraphilias and paraphilia.♥ L'Origine du monde ♥ Talk 13:44, 16 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The word Turophilia does not appear here, although it does attract a redirection to [-phil-] when searched for. Just saying. (talk) 02:57, 11 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Failure to explain the difference between the prefix and suffix[edit]

This article really ought to explain - or, at the very least, ADDRESS - the semantic difference between the prefix philo- and the suffix -phile/-philia. rather than, as is now, simply listing various words as examples. if all else fails, then, I suppose, request attention from an expert editor? (an expert in Greek etymologies, thereby). ex.: i came across the word "philosemitic" the other day, which struck me as odd: for, meseemeth, it ought to be "semitophile" or such like (which i had never heard before either). accordingly, in this article the word is "judeophile", (which is also unfamiliar, which would seem to imply this is a topic that very rarely gets discussed - although its literal antonyn, judeophobic, is equally unfamiliar, unlike its defacto antonym, antisemitic). anyway...cheers :) Firejuggler86 (talk) 10:15, 20 February 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Philippines in "Prefix Phil-"[edit]

Why? The country was named after Philip II of Spain. The fact that it starts with Phil- is a mere coincidence. Sure, Philip comes from the Greek meaning "fond of horses", but the direct etymology pf the name has nothing to do with horses. Dilbert08 01:30, 16 August 2022 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dilbert08 (talkcontribs)