All book lovers have one thing in common – their endearment for words. They love the magical land in which each and every word of the book takes them into. And we also have words to describe the funny, weird, unusual habits of readers which only they would understand.
So let me share these interesting words with you an I am sure you all are going to enjoy reading this;
- Bibliophiles: A bibliophile is some one who loves to read books. This term entered the English Dictionary in 1824.
- Bibliomania: Bibliomania has an obsessive-compulsive disorder of collecting books to the extent that it can hamper the relations and health of the person. This term should not be mixed or used interchangeablly with bibliophile.
- Librocubicularist: Not every one loves to sit and read. Librocubicularist prefer to read on bed.
- Bibliosmia: Do you enjoy smelling those old books of your? The unique smell that the book has. If yes, then you are a Bibliosmia, a person who loves to smell books.
- Abibliophobia: Do you get worried when you come towards an end of the book you are currently reading and have no new book to read after that. Abibliophobia is the fear of running out of something to read.
- Tsundoku: There are people who love to hoard books and read them and there are also some people who love to buy and hoard books but never read them. Tsundoku is a Japanese word which means to hoard books but never read them. It originated in the Meiji era (1868-1912) as a slang. It’s a combination of two words; tsunde-oku which means to pile things up ready for later and leave and dokusho which means reading books. (Source Wikipedia)
- Bibliotaph: This term is used for person who hoards and then hides and buries the book under the bed, in cupboard, in kitchen, even under the dog’s bed. They just want to keep their books hidden away, keeping them from use.
- Logophile: Readers love words but a Logophile means a serious enthusiast of words. Does this remind you of Sashi Tharoor?
- Biblioklept: Any book lover would want to stay away from a Biblioklept as they love to steal books.
- Bookarazzi: I think many of us will fall under this category. I do. Bookarazzi is none other than a person who loves to click pictures of the books he/she has read and share them online.
- Bookbosomed: Can you go anywhere with out a book? If no, than you are bookbosomed- a person who carries a book all the time.
- Readgret: Left a book unfinished or got a book and did not read it. Readgret is a sense of fury of not reading a book, which you should have, other wise read years ago.
- Shelfrighteous: This term is used for a person who as a superior feeling about ones own bookshelf.
- Scrollmate: There are times when you read a book and you feel that you somehow and somewhere connected and understood the author. Scrollmate is one such person who has this sense of deeper connect with the author.
Its interesting to know that there are so many words to describe us readers. Did you find yourself in any of these categories? If yes do let me know in the comments below. I would love to know what kind of book lovers are my readers.
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43 replies on “14 Words every book lover should know”
Now i know i’m not just a bookworm, I’m a tundoku, bookarazzi and am waiting to find my inner scrollmate!
Wow! These were some pretty unique words there! I had only heard of a few of these. Thanks for sharing, Hansa.
Omg, i never heard most of these words and I call myself a reader (wink) thanks for sharing 🙂
These are new words for me, but describe accurately the quirks and traits of readers everywhere.
I knew a few of these (only 3!) so thanks for the info. I am a bibliophile, a librocubicularist and I have bibliosmia. I sometimes experience readsgret.
Whoa! I only a couple of words. Thanks for sharing this.
Wow, never heard of many of these words; yet can proudly say I’m a Librocubicularist😃
Wow. What a wonderful list. I surely loved it.
wow I never knew this.. thank you so much for sharing
I’ve never come across these terms other than bibliophile. Nice research and great share Hansa! I might be a Tsundoku.
I know very few of them. These are some unique words and every book lover need to know all these words. Thanks for sharing
I definitely have a Bibliosmia – I love the smell of old and new books – the printing Ink I guess!!!
All these terms were new to me other than bibliophile.But going my the definition, I think I become a scrollmate with a few books.
So, As per this words my father is “Bibliomania” & “Bibliomia “ lol . Thank you for sharing really good to know I am surely sharing with my friends .
Wow amazing blog!loved it
Wow this is intense I didnt even know most of them and less pronounce them right. But they have so much impact on us book lovers. Wow
Oh I have always called myself a bookworm instead of bibliophile from the beginning. Now I know better. And I’m definitely a bit of a bibliomania too.
I consider myself a bibliophile but I was surprised to see that I did not know many words on this list! Thanks for sharing! Such fun.
I will send this to my book lover friends for sure. They totally need this stuff.
I definitely am suffering with Readgret. Have left numerous books unfinished. I feel mad at myself for not reading so many good books, which I had bought and should have read years ago.
you have chosen some really interesting words for book lovers!
Mind boggling.. Never heard or knew these words.. I could relate to so many and added all in my vocabulary…. Next Shashi throor..haha..thanks a lot for sharing
This is an awesome list of some words that i didn’t know being a book lover. I am adding them to my list now.
hahahaa…i loved reading this one! I can relate with half the words, know of some of the others, and never want to meet 1-2 types of people from this list! no Biblioklept welcome here!
Wow, thats a goldmine. I didnt know there were just so many terms for a book lover’s dictionary! Just amazing how you’ve out them all together.
Wow so interesting. I only knew few of these term before. Learn a lot about different words and terms related with book lovers. Thanks dear for sharing.
I love books but some of these words are new to me!! Thanks for sharing these I will share with my book lover friends too
Books and the world of it is surely unique. Few words I knew and many are new to me, well I am an avid reader and also like to post online what I read.
Such an interesting post about different varieties of Book readers. I see myself under two categories Bookarazzi and Readgret. Thanks for enhancing my knowledge on this.
Ha ha that’s quite an amusing list! Except for the first two, I didn’t know any other words! Was nodding and smiling through most of these as I read them!
Wow, barring a couple of words I was not at all aware of the other words. Great that you shared so much of information about these word.
That was quite an interesting read, despite being a book lover, I didn’t know many of these terminologies as Librocubicularist.
I’m a book lover and am surprised that many of these words are new for me. Many of them apply to me.
Shelfrighteous and Readgret are now going to be part of my vocabulary. Thank you for sharing such unique words. Going to share them in my Bookwormz group.
Wow, this is very Interesting. love reading books but all these words are new for me . Thanks for sharing this.
Wow, this is an interesting list of words. Some of them sound too funny like Bibliotaph 😀 Honestly, I was not aware of many of them, should I still call myself a book lover? But loved reading this post.
Woah! This post is full of book jargon, interesting. I have read something like this on a fellow blogger’s blog during another challenge, she is too a book lover like you. I call myself a bibliophile though
That’s a mammoth of a list. Honestly, I did not know so many words related to book lovers.. It was quite an information. Also as someone rightly pointed book lovers should also know about Shashi Tharoor.. ha ha.. he is a chalti-firti dictionary..
Cool. This is so enlightening as many of the terms I heard for the first time too. Yes, as an author myself and an avid reader, I can relate to almost all the points mentioned. Thank you for sharing.
This is something interesting .I haven’t know these words .it will improve my vocabulary and love to use in my blog too
Well i never heard about many of these words . Quite interesting to read .Thanks for sharing this.
Excellent post, thanks for sharing. I had no idea there was such an extensive vocabulary for book lovers.
I am glad that you liked reading this….