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Is there any term for a person who is fond of collecting stationery items (pens,books,etc)? If yes, then what is it?

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    This strikes me as likely similar to terms of venery. There is a name for practically every group of animal, but these don't have much currency in common use. It may be interesting to speak of a convocation of eagles or a bale or turtles, but in everyday speech I'd just say, "look at all those eagles." Likewise, there are those who will insist on being called numismatists, while others are fine with coin collector. So while there probably is a term, just saying "stationery collector" is better nine times out of ten – cobaltduck Apr 6 '16 at 14:08
  • You're a hallmaphile. – MetaEd Apr 6 '16 at 16:40
  • People who collect paper and such like can be referred to as ephemerists because they collect ephemera. But it's for paper-based stuff mostly... – Lambie Apr 6 '16 at 17:42
  • ..apart from that you are a pen collector and bibliophile. – Lambie Apr 6 '16 at 17:49
  • I've found stapler enthusiast on the invaluable Stapler of the Week site; however, the blog gives a disclaimer: 'While not pretending to be the authority on stapling, the Stapler of the Week ... – Edwin Ashworth Apr 6 '16 at 18:32
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"Papyrophilia" http://papyrophilia.tumblr.com/ "This is a blog dedicated to the beauty of paper. From books to stationery to notebooks to everything paper (including pens and office supplies)."

"By now it is evident to myself and to everyone around me that I have papyrophilia, or the obsessive love of paper products, otherwise known as addiction to stationery." http://thechloebook.blogspot.gr/2014/10/on-papyrophilia.html

papyrophiliac "those who love paper"

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    But 'stationery items' includes far more than paper, and I suspect that people collecting office equipment or just stationery items rarely include reams of paper. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 6 '16 at 14:45
  • "Papyrophilia" papyrophilia.tumblr.com "This is a blog dedicated to the beauty of paper. From books to stationery to notebooks to everything paper (including pens and office supplies)." – Cathy Gartaganis Apr 6 '16 at 16:49
  • ephemerist for a collector of such things.... – Lambie Apr 6 '16 at 17:43
  • The site also contains 'writersblockea'. This is hardly a reliable source for determining standard usage. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 6 '16 at 18:20
  • "By now it is evident to myself and to everyone around me that I have papyrophilia, or the obsessive love of paper products, otherwise known as addiction to stationery." thechloebook.blogspot.gr/2014/10/on-papyrophilia.html – Cathy Gartaganis Apr 6 '16 at 18:37
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stationery freak

freak

a : an ardent enthusiast film freaks

b : a person who is obsessed with something a control freak

Merriam-Webster

stationery fiend

fiend

: a person extremely devoted to a pursuit or study : fanatic a golf fiend

Merriam-Webster

stationery nut

nut

: a person who is very interested in or enthusiastic about something a sports nut

M-W

stationery geek

geek

[USUALLY WITH MODIFIER] A knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast: a computer geek

Oxford Dictionaries

  • I feel this list is incomplete without "stationery otaku". – ghostarbeiter Apr 13 '16 at 9:33
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I propose we lovers of all things stationery call ourselves stationerphilliacs. The word does not exist, but I believe it would be bliss to know we have this condition named--especially as the art of handwriting and keeping analog records is quickly being wiped out by digital technology.

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    Any reason for -philiac rater than -phile. I know many words with the suffix -phile, meaning "lover of", the only word I know ending -philiac is "haemophiliac", which is someone with a medical condition of the blood. (I assume whoever named the condition had a reason for using the "love" root, but I'm not sure what the reason was.) – AndyT Aug 6 '18 at 13:27
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A general purpose suffix meaning "lover of" is -phile:

a combining form meaning “lover of,” “enthusiast for” that specified by the initial element:

Anglophile; bibliophile; demophile.

[dictionary.com]

So I would just say stationeryphile.

(Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy was a stationeryphile, by the way. He used to tour stationery stores and admire the wares.)

  • True, but we can't add any suffix to any word just like that. There are rules and conventions. – Kris Sep 21 at 14:27

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