Nope, not crosswords! Just wanted a word, even if it's made up, to use for a person who enjoys all sorts of different reading experiences. Thanks for your ideas.
Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:00 pm
You've got the idea -- just trying to find a word to describe that type of reader, rather that that type of book. I'm thinking that the word may have to be made up, since I doubt it exists yet. So I hoped someone with a working knowledge of Latin could come up with a word, maybe starting with 'omni', but ending with something that means 'reading' or 'reader'.
Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:03 pm
A friend suggested that something akin to 'omnivore' would be too crude, and lead to thoughts of blood on tooth and claw. He suggested 'enthusiastic epicurean literati', which, while elegant, is long, and has the added disadvantage of having the acronym 'eel'.
I go ahead and say "omnivorous" when I refer to my own reading habits. (More so in the past than now, but that's what I used to say anyway.) It carries a connotation for me of enthusiastic consumption of a large quantity AND variety of books.