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Biblioperipatetic


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Merriam-webster online doesn't list it. Looking at the meanings of peripatetic, the only one that might make sense is "walking around" so this is either books that move of themselves (we seem to have several of these) or someone who walks while reading. However, if the latter, using biblio seems imprecise.

A good friend was in the habit of reading while walking around. He fell down a flight of stairs.

Peripatetic is usually used to refer to Aristotle's school of philosophy, but it's origin is from the column lined walkway in the ancient agora where the students chatted while walking.

Perhaps it means chatting about philosophy while walking beside columns of books. Alternatively, it might mean parroting wisdom found in books.

Raaawk! Polly want a hypothesis!

Prone to wandering around a library?

Prone to wandering around reading a book in one hand, not looking where one is going?

I've been known to do both of these...

Prone to wandering off with other people's books?

Prone to going from reading one book, to reading another, to reading another... until one has a vast profusion of books "currently being read", for a generous definition of "currently"?

The intended meaning, as many have guessed was "walking while reading", which kestrell and I thought needed a good neologism. I was pretty busy, and thought that posting it without context might produce interesting results :-)

Prone to going from reading one book, to reading another, to reading another... until one has a vast profusion of books "currently being read", for a generous definition of "currently"?

Though that is an excellent secondary definition, and is almost as useful a concept!

So where did you find out about it?

The relevant phrase is "needed a good neologism": we made it up.

Y'see, I think there might be inexactitudes in the construction on this one. Perhaps Lect*peripatetic (not sure which vowel to use for the *). Because that one is 'reading' rather than 'book.'

That would be mixing latin and greek roots, which many neologists regard as gauche.

And of course, people only become biblioperipatetic because they *have* become one with the book :-)

What's the right-language term for "read", then, to go with peripatetic?

become one with the book yeah, but really doing so would give one's lover(s) some truly NASTY paper cuts!

What's the right-language term for "read", then, to go with peripatetic?

I don't actually *know* much Greek, I'm afraid...

but really doing so would give one's lover(s) some truly NASTY paper cuts!

Not in my experience :-) kestrell and I often refer to our Menage A Trois: "you, me, and the books".

See also Fritz Leiber's novel Our Lady of Darkness, which features an interesting take on "library as lover".

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