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I'd like to know if hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia, my proposed opposite of hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a real word or condition. I know -philia is the opposite of -phobia and -phile is the opposite of -phobic, so I was wondering if there is an opposite to every -phobia word.

  • If hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a real word (which it arguably is), then surely so is its logical -philia counterpart. At least, anyone who can be expected to know the former can also be expected to immediately understand the latter. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 13 '18 at 21:01
  • But is there an authoritative opposite to every -phobia word? – Lordology Dec 13 '18 at 21:03
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    There is no authority that decides what is and isn’t a word in English at all. There’s no authority that says hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (a recent, humorous, and deliberately unetymological coinage) is a word to begin with, but the fact that so many people know and use it is good evidence that it is. What kind of authority are you looking for? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 13 '18 at 21:14
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What's a word?

Is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic a word? Is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobe a word? Is anti-hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic a word? Is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious a word?

There's no official board of English language authorities who make judgements about what is and isn't a word. If a combination of letters, or a combination of sounds can be understood by people, then it should probably count as a word.

In English, you can produce new words by adding prefixes or suffixes to them. The new word you produce may not represent anything than exists, but that doesn't mean it's not a word.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia is a real word, whether or not it's a real condition.

So, to answer your question, is there an opposite to every -phobia word, yes there is a word that means the opposite, but that word may not describe a real thing.

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