Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Ailurophiles United

Ailurophile – a noun describing a person who likes cats.

For some reason The Oxford Dictionary of English (2006 ed) doesn’t have this word.

Instead it only lists Ailurophobia – a fear of cats.

I think that’s bizarre. Why have the fear of cats but not the love of cats??

Charlie says: I’ve invented a new word “wozatatweetybirdyouttadawindow”: verb - to be mesmerised by bird-like or actual bird movement outside a window.

The blog that Charlie is hogging is the fab Jacqueline's Cat House! Charlie's in love with Sukkie, Calle and Halle! Heheh!


Bowdlerise. That was the crossword answer – thank you my lovely intelligent bloggie friends for helping me with this word!!! (Naughty Reenie!! :-))

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

31 comments:

Guinevere said...

Another new word I learned today (two, really) - I love that I learn something every time I stop by your blog. And also, that there are cute photos of Charlie. :)

Brian said...

I like all of those words, espcially Ailurophile...and of course Charlies word! The crew over at Jacquelines is way cool...Charlie has some very classy friends there!

Theresa Milstein said...

How could anyone fear cats? How could anyone not love them?

Charlie looks so cute looking out the window!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Well, that is odd that fear of cats makes it but love of cats doesn't. And in the OED - that is just really surprising. I wonder if it is in that giant room sized edition? The one with every word ever in it (or something like that). Oh, and Gus and Stella love Charlie's word, and so do Virgil and Kirzon (Lola and Barney don't watch the birds as much). They think he is smart to come up with it!!

Susan Fields said...

I've never heard of the word bowdlerise - sorry I couldn't be any help on that one! Charlie does look mesmerized - those must be some very pretty cats. :)

The Chair Speaks said...

Didn't know this word existed. So we are all ailurophiles! LOL!

Katnip Lounge said...

We bet Charlie pronounces his new word as "eheheheheheh"! At least that's how we say it in American Cat.

Mommy has always been suspicious of the Oxford dictionary, now we know why.

TK and Squashies said...

Charlie you are so handsome! And we loves Sukki, Calle and Halle too. They are great. We likes your new words too, very smarts of you.

Esme said...

Thank you for the new word-I love it.

lupie said...

Huh???? Lucky's in love with Sukki, Calle and Halle too!! Hahahah!!!

Love your new word Charlie!!

Jenn, thanks for sharing! I didn't even know such word existed! :)

We are indeed Ailurophiles United (now I have to google for pronounciation!)

Brigid said...

Love the new cat verb, is there an Oxford dictionary for cats, there should be, lovely pic of Charlie.

Reenie said...

Haha, guilty. But hey, I'm as curious as a cat. I'm a true ailurophile, you see?

I have learnt a word and used it too. How cool is that!

Have a good day, Charlie & you :)

Kea said...

Charlie is so clever...perhaps he could apply for an editorial position with the Oxford Dictionary! :-)

Barbara Scully said...

As your post title was Ailurophiles United, and now that I know what an Ailurophile is, I want to declare myself one. Charlie might want to mosey on over to My Kitchen Table (www.barbarascully.blogspot.com) where he can meet my Tiger - a permanent fixture on my kitchen table.

Words A Day said...

ailurophile - sounds like a very interesting person!

Marg said...

Gosh all these new words today. Our Mom's brain is on overload. But Charlie your new word is just terrific. We are writing it down so we don't forget it.
That Calle, Halle and Sukki are really gorgeous and Charlie you really have good taste. The boys here are in love with them too.
Have a great day.

Matthew Rush said...

Strange but also wonderful. Thanks Old Kitty.

India Drummond said...

I wonder what the term would be for: "slave to cats"?

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks for the new word, Kitty!

I can see why Charlie is in love with Sukkie. She's lovely!

Hannah and Lucy said...

We're not surprised Charlie doesn't move from the screen when Jacqueline's beauties are on there - they are all very pretty.

Jayne said...

I'd like that word even better if I could pronounce it. :) So far I have come up with: 'ail-lure-o-file' which sounds like I lure files over to my desk, which I actually do a lot, come to think about it.

I do love discovering new 'old' words though - thank you! And I love Charlie's new word - must teach it to my cats. They do it often, accompanied by little chirruping meows which I am sure translate as 'bird! Bird! Actual feathers and things! Right there! BIRD!'

Cheri said...

We can see why Charlie likes all the pretty kitties at Jacqulines House!

cats of wildcat woods

Bossy Betty said...

Charlie makes an excellent blog screen! Thanks for the new vocabulary. People just call me a nut job for liking cats so much. Now I can give them my new title.

Jacqueline said...

We enjoy Bird TV everyday too!...Sorry we couldn't help you with the word, Jenn!...Thanks so much for the shout out, gorgeous Charlie=we love you too sweetie...Have a happy day friends...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Talli Roland said...

Weird that it's not in in there. Who knew? Thanks for expanding my vocab Old Kitty.

Hi and a pat to Charlie!

laughingwolf said...

charlie, y're a typical tom! ;) lol

hampshireflyer said...

Well he looks very alert.... I wonder why! :)

notesfromnadir said...

Oxford needs to get up to speed and get that cat love word in there. I hope more people love cats. Looking at Charlie's picture of him gazing out the window--what's not to love?

Lola Sharp said...

Um, what's the word for being allergic to cats, even though I think they're beautiful?

Charlie looks mesmerized, indeed.

Alexandra Crocodile said...

Yes, I agree - that IS strange! But I leart a new word today, yay! Ailurophile. Must try to remember it:)

ABBY said...

Charlie you have good taste. The ladies over at Jacqueline's house are bootefull and smart!

purrs
Abby