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Roger Hicks
08-18-2010, 02:30
...should now work with all browsers. Apologies to all those who followed the original link and got no pics of Leicas or teenage girls. Link: http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/leicaphilia.html


Incidentally, the reason no-one had heard the word 'Leicaphobia' before is that I made it up. If you can call someone who is uncritically admiring of Leicas a Leicaphile, then you can call someone who is unremittingly negative a Leicaphobe. Yes, I know the root of '-phobe' is fear, not dislike, but it'll do as a counterpoint.

Cheers,

R.

ray*j*gun
08-18-2010, 03:42
Works great now on my Windows XP....again great read and very entertaining!

Attwo
08-18-2010, 04:00
Incidentally, the reason no-one had heard the word 'Leicaphobia' before is that I made it up. If you can call someone who is uncritically admiring of Leicas a Leicaphile, then you can call someone who is unremittingly negative a Leicaphobe. Yes, I know the root of '-phobe' is fear, not dislike, but it'll do as a counterpoint.

Cheers,

R.

You can't go around inventing your own meanings for words or phrases that have well established meanings in common and medical use.

-phile: Lover of. Leicaphile: Lover of Leica or Leicas. There is no "uncritical" connotation.

Phobia: An irrational fear.

If you know of a true Leicaphobe it would without doubt be a medical "first".

Roger Hicks
08-18-2010, 04:33
You can't go around inventing your own meanings for words or phrases that have well established meanings in common and medical use.

-phile: Lover of. Leicaphile: Lover of Leica or Leicas. There is no "uncritical" connotation.

Phobia: An irrational fear.

If you know of a true Leicaphobe it would without doubt be a medical "first".

I KNEW a pseudo-pedant would pick on that.

First, look up 'phobia' in the OED: 'Fear. horror or aversion, especially of a morbid character. Psychol. An abnormal and irrational fear or dread.' Check the examples, too: 'The professional Anglophobiac...' (Daily News, 1900), or Southey in 1842, "She laboured under a perpetual dustophobia, and a comical disease it was." You'll also find cyclophilia/cyclophobia, referring to the bicycling craze of the 1890s (Westminster Gazette, 1896), and even L.C.C.-phobia (dread of the London County Council, ibid 1902).

In other words, your definition is secondary; confined to psychology; and completely irrelevant in this case.

On top of all that, there's something called a sense of humour.

As for critical/uncritical, they're adjectives. That means they qualify or further describe the noun to which they are attached. There can be critical Leicaphiles (I am one) or uncritical Leicaphiles.

Cheers,

R.

Austerby
08-18-2010, 04:48
Roger - If I didn't know better I'd suspect you of having that answer already prepared...:rolleyes:

oftheherd
08-18-2010, 05:06
You can't go around inventing your own meanings for words or phrases that have well established meanings in common and medical use.

Of course you can. It's done all the time. If you don't believe it, just stick around RFF for a while. :D

-phile: Lover of. Leicaphile: Lover of Leica or Leicas. There is no "uncritical" connotation.

Phobia: An irrational fear.

If you know of a true Leicaphobe it would without doubt be a medical "first".

Well, I have a fear of Leicas. I agree it isn't irrational; I have a Kiev.

Sorry Mr. Hicks, I couldn't resist. :o I did enjoy the read on your site. Very interesting and informative (as always).

Actually, my only problem with Leicas is their cost. They are no doubt good, but it is my opinion, they aren't good enough to justify their cost for me. Probably I shouldn't talk though, I would own more Fujinon glass except for the same reason. The old M42 Fuji glass tends to cost more than I want to pay.

Attwo
08-18-2010, 05:16
In other words, your definition is secondary; confined to psychology; and completely irrelevant in this case.

Cheers,

R.

I think not.
A phobia is a psychosis. As is paranoia. Nothing related to "sense of humour".

I can't help but wonder what drove you to write that article in "defense" of your choices and preferences.

Rogrund
08-18-2010, 05:20
You can't go around inventing your own meanings for words or phrases that have well established meanings in common and medical use.

-phile: Lover of. Leicaphile: Lover of Leica or Leicas. There is no "uncritical" connotation.

Phobia: An irrational fear.

If you know of a true Leicaphobe it would without doubt be a medical "first".

Francophobia: An intense or irrational fear or dislike of France or the French (OED).

I can't see a problem with Mr. Hicks' neologism "Leicaphobia". :)

newspaperguy
08-18-2010, 05:23
Attwo: Give it a rest sonny.


Roger: Even better with pix.

Thanks.

bigeye
08-18-2010, 05:51
Ick. On to the next thread...


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Roberto V.
08-18-2010, 23:00
Attwo: Give it a rest sonny.

Well said. If you don't like the thread, why bother posting here?

kevin m
08-19-2010, 07:45
I can't help but wonder what drove you to write that article in "defense" of your choices and preferences.

This is, in fact, an excellent question. The author used the term "hater" in the first paragraph, for goodness sake. And this is a public forum and not a private club, so as long as the dialog remains civil, no one is obliged to "cool it" to the point of remaining silent, are they? :confused:

wgerrard
08-19-2010, 12:24
People make up words all the time. That's how we get new words. The dictionary police just decide which ones they'll publish. Otherwise, no one is keeping score. And expecting consistency from the English language is pointless.

skibeerr
08-19-2010, 13:07
I think not.
A phobia is a psychosis. As is paranoia. Nothing related to "sense of humour".

I can't help but wonder what drove you to write that article in "defense" of your choices and preferences.

I suffer from Troll O Phobia.

wgerrard
08-19-2010, 13:13
Come to think of it, there's a perfectly good word in English that my dictionary defines as "person who greatly hates or fears England or Britain." The word is "Anglophobe".

As in "hates or fears".

So, Roger's use of "Leicaphobe" seems very appropriate.

JoeV
08-19-2010, 20:24
People make up words all the time. That's how we get new words. The dictionary police just decide which ones they'll publish. Otherwise, no one is keeping score. And expecting consistency from the English language is pointless.

My claim to fame is having invented the word "begathon" in reference to the all-too-frequent fundraisers on public TV and radio here in the States. I mentioned this to a friend who works at the local public TV station, the term soon made the rounds of the staff and crew at the station. But alas, no OED entry. ;)

~Joe

alfredian
08-19-2010, 20:31
Harking back to the ooold Lon Chaney Jr. werewolf flicks, how about Leicanthropy? Get all hairy and chew up on a Leica?

Ade-oh
10-11-2010, 23:40
Harking back to the ooold Lon Chaney Jr. werewolf flicks, how about Leicanthropy? Get all hairy and chew up on a Leica?

No, I think a Leicanthrope is someone who fits their Noctilux when there's a full moon.

varjag
10-12-2010, 00:52
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/effect_an_effect.png

peterm1
10-12-2010, 01:49
oooh I do hope its got nothing to do with necrophilia or coprophilia - do not even ask me what those things are!!

BTW did anyone hear the old Woody Allen joke in which he said he was into sadism, necrophilia and bestiality - but his wife thought he was just beating dead horse!

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o251/peterm1_bucket/beatdeadhorseh.gif

Roger Hicks
10-12-2010, 01:52
Necrophilia is dead boring, but incest is only relatively boring.

Cheers,

R.

peterm1
10-12-2010, 02:03
Necrophilia is dead boring, but incest is only relatively boring.

Cheers,

R.

Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho

That was relatively funny in a deadpan kind of way!

robklurfield
10-12-2010, 07:14
Roger, I enjoyed re-reading this. I especially like the picture of someone -- you, I presume -- pumping away on that high-lift jack to get his/your Rover unstuck.

Mudman
10-12-2010, 07:41
I almost think I like the grammar po po more than the article...

Roger Hicks
10-12-2010, 07:55
Roger, I enjoyed re-reading this. I especially like the picture of someone -- you, I presume -- pumping away on that high-lift jack to get his/your Rover unstuck.

Yep, that's me.

Glad you liked it.

Cheers,

R.