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'Omnivore' is to food as '?' is to reading?

 
 
Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 04:25 pm
Any ideas, fun or real, about what word in Latin could be used to describe someone who reads all kinds of books, the way an omnivore eats all kinds of foods?
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 04:45 pm
@ocanada73,
Eclectic maybe, but that's Greek.

How about catholic. No, wait, I think that's Greek too.

This isn't a crossword puzzle thing,is it?
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 05:14 pm
@ocanada73,
Could it be omnibus?

Main Entry: 1om·ni·bus
Pronunciation: \ˈäm-ni-(ˌ)bəs\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from Latin, for all, dative plural of omnis
Date: 1829

1 : a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers : bus
2 : a book containing reprints of a number of works
ocanada73
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 05:58 pm
@roger,
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.
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ocanada73
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:00 pm
@Butrflynet,
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'.
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ocanada73
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:03 pm
@ocanada73,
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'.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:21 pm
@ocanada73,
Why not omni literati?
sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:24 pm
@ocanada73,
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.
ocanada73
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:35 pm
@Butrflynet,
Oh, I like that. Getting closer!
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ocanada73
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:36 pm
@Butrflynet,
maybe 'omniliterate'?
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ocanada73
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 06:37 pm
@sozobe,
So 'tooth and claw' is positive when it comes to devouring books. I can see that!
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 4 Jul, 2010 07:28 pm
I bet I was thinking of McGuffy's Eclectic Readers, before classes were dumbed down to Dick, Jane, and Spot.
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George
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jul, 2010 02:26 pm
I'd go with "omnilect"
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