Would I be off base if I suggested (or created) the word "sciophile"? Meaning "one who loves science".

  • Oops, LOL. Misspelled wonderful. – Rick May 12 '16 at 8:13
  • You can always edit your question. No need to mention the changes in comments. – Nagarajan Shanmuganathan May 12 '16 at 8:20
  • Did you try Googling the word? – user140086 May 12 '16 at 8:37
  • Wounderful is accurate. – deadrat May 12 '16 at 8:46
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    If anything, scioplile would mean love of shadows, given that sciophobia means fear of shadows and sciophyte is a plant that grow best in the shade. – Jacinto May 12 '16 at 8:50

Who would catch you off base?

There's the word sciolist, which means someone with superficial knowledge, so by analogy your coinage might be taken to mean love of knowledge.

Consider the word scientism, which refers to science, which is to say the investigation of the natural world by natural means -- physics, chemistry, biology, etc. So by analogy, perhaps a better choice would be scientiphilia.

  • Maybe someone didn't like the proposed word scientiphilia? It looks like a neologism. Do you have a citation showing people have actually used it as a word? Also, I'm not sure what the relevance of sciolist is–it does show the same root sci- found in science, but the o is part of the diminutive suffix -ol-, so it's not an example of scio- being used as a combining form meaning "science." (Oh, I just noticed one more thing–the original post is technically asking for a word for a person, so you may want to edit your suggestion to scientiphile.) – herisson May 13 '16 at 21:02
  • See the OP: "suggested (or created)", so a neologism is not out of place. The relevance of sciolist is that the sci refers to knowledge, not science, so by analogy sciophile wouldn't be the best choice for the OP's needs. I don't mind that someone thinks scientiphilia is a bad choice. I object to the refusal to post a correction to my reasoning or at least an argument against. Point taken for scientiphile. – deadrat May 13 '16 at 21:29

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