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What would the best word be to describe a frog-lover that ends with the -phile root?

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I really want to know some context for this question. Why would you ever need a word for someone who loves frogs? –  Seamus Oct 14 '10 at 10:30
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@Seamus: I have a friend who loves frogs... I wanted to know what to call them =P. –  Claudiu Oct 14 '10 at 14:08
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I think the official term is francophile :) –  Benjol Mar 19 '12 at 15:00

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The word for the fear of frogs is batrachophobia, although Wikipedia suggests it is ranidaphobia. However, the suffix -phile is Greek, and there is a "rule" that the components for such a word should all be from the same root language, rather than mixing root languages. (This is really more of a common style choice and not a grammatical requirement.) The Classical Greek word for frog is batrachos (and rana is Latin). So, following that logic, the Greek word for frog should be used (rather than Latin or anything else).

So, I think the purist answer for someone who loves frogs would be batrachophile.

The don't-care-about-mixing-Latin-and-Greek answer would be ranidaphile (with the advantage that this connects with ranidae, the scientific term for the most common frog family).

The who-cares-about-disguising-English-with-smart-sounding-words-from-dead-languages answer is frogophile.

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You have somehow managed to combine an eloquent and well-referenced answer with a humorous and well-aimed joke. I would +2 if I could! –  e.James Oct 14 '10 at 3:49
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There's a perfect Miss Piggy reference in here somewhere, but I just can't force it to stick its ample pink nose out where I can see it. ;-) –  RBerteig Oct 14 '10 at 7:30
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+1 for batrachophile, but +gazillion for frogophile. I think it's safe to say that -phile is now as much an English (German, Spanish, Russian, French,...) morpheme as it is a Greek one. The equivalent of frogophile would work in pretty much every language I am familiar with. Of course, it has a jokey connotation, but a) so does frog lover, and b) there are probably not extremely many people on this planet who would understand batrachophile at all. In short, one is a better fit for scientific contexts, while the other is best suited for everyday conversation. –  RegDwigнt Oct 14 '10 at 8:14
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Frogophile if the first thing that came to my mind, but I can't help wondering if it's actually frogs or just the fricasseed legs that are of interest. –  mickeyf Oct 14 '10 at 13:44
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@RegDwight: Not only is the -phile suffix an English suffix now, but it has also evolved a different, narrower meaning than the original Greek suffix ever had. –  Kosmonaut Oct 14 '10 at 17:11

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