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Is there any single word for the meaning "Stealing something for remembrance". Or how well can we tell this.

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    Can you give an example of what you mean?
    – user10893
    Jan 6, 2012 at 5:47

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The words normally used to mean something you take for remembrance are memento, souvenir, remembrance, or keepsake. None of these imply that they are taken by theft. Google: [ define memento ]

The closest term I can think of is scalping, which is the taking of a battle trophy to memorialize one’s bravery. That is stealing, you could say. But you could really only use it correctly if what you are taking is a scalp. Wikipedia: “Scalping

Consequently, the simplest phrase might be “steal a souvenir”.

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Coin it if you will,
 mementoklept (neologism)
     n one who steals for keepsake
     v stealing for keepsakes; past tense, mementoklepted

whence,
mementoklepty, mementokleptic, mementokleptical, mementokleptically, mementoklepticality, mementokleptomania

biblioklept, biblioclept
     1. A book thief or someone who steals books.
     2. Besides the direct biblioklept there is the indirect thief who borrows and never returns books to their proper owners (including a library).

Though the clept root also exists, I would prefer not to suggest its use, to avoid confusion with cleft, which both spells and sounds very similar.

I have not tried to resolve the fact that the roots are from L and Gk, probably making this an invalid word formation, unlike biblioklept.

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  • While interesting, this still isn't a word...
    – Jon Story
    Oct 9, 2015 at 21:23

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