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Author Topic: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?  (Read 5422 times)

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Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« on: 13 October, 2009, 06:21:42 PM »
I know that Philatelists study stamps, and lepidopterists are fascinated by butterflies... so what's the word for a feather collector?  8)

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #1 on: 13 October, 2009, 09:14:46 PM »
Errr..."feather collector".

Had a good old dig about and can't find an official term, but in case you're interested in some others there are lists here http://www.collectibles-museums.com/cool-collector-names.html

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #2 on: 13 October, 2009, 09:27:07 PM »
Errr..."feather collector".

Had a good old dig about and can't find an official term, but in case you're interested in some others there are lists here http://www.collectibles-museums.com/cool-collector-names.html

Very disappointing... I was hoping I had just been rubbish at searching.  Have decided to take lingual law into my own hands.  A feather collector is now known as: [drum rolllllllllllllllll]

A Ptilonist.  So there.


Am trying to post a link to the website where I found the Ptilono (Greek for Feather) root but it's just not co-operating. Grr  Bang head  Bang head  Grr

http://www.wordinfo.info/words/index/info/view_unit/1783

There typed the damn thing in myself.  Pharp


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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #3 on: 13 October, 2009, 10:07:14 PM »
Had a good old dig about and can't find an official term, but in case you're interested in some others there are lists here http://www.collectibles-museums.com/cool-collector-names.html

The reason you couldn't find it there is because it is a list of cool collectors ~ nothing cool about collecting feathers ... on the contrary, quite weird!

I'll have to agree though. I've spent a pleasant time delving into sites about feather collecting and they only ever seem to be called "feather collectors". Most are about commercial feather collectors though and not hobbyists who maintain a collection. I'll go along with Red. Sounds like that should be the name even if its not!
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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #4 on: 13 October, 2009, 10:34:34 PM »
Had a good old dig about and can't find an official term, but in case you're interested in some others there are lists here http://www.collectibles-museums.com/cool-collector-names.html

The reason you couldn't find it there is because it is a list of cool collectors ~ nothing cool about collecting feathers ... on the contrary, quite weird!

I'll have to agree though. I've spent a pleasant time delving into sites about feather collecting and they only ever seem to be called "feather collectors". Most are about commercial feather collectors though and not hobbyists who maintain a collection. I'll go along with Red. Sounds like that should be the name even if its not!

OI! You calling me weird? I've been called worse ;)




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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #5 on: 14 October, 2009, 06:53:44 AM »
"Am trying to post a link to the website where I found the Ptilono (Greek for Feather) root but it's just not co-operating. Grr  Bang head  Bang head  Grr

http://www.wordinfo.info/words/index/info/view_unit/1783"


Ptilonist is better than a plain old feather collector...Pterodopolist could be quite catchy too.

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #6 on: 14 October, 2009, 11:33:29 AM »
"Am trying to post a link to the website where I found the Ptilono (Greek for Feather) root but it's just not co-operating. Grr  Bang head  Bang head  Grr

http://www.wordinfo.info/words/index/info/view_unit/1783"


Ptilonist is better than a plain old feather collector...Pterodopolist could be quite catchy too.



Ooh, quite like that... I think we should put it to the vote.

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #7 on: 14 October, 2009, 11:36:42 AM »
To the vote it has gone...

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #8 on: 14 October, 2009, 12:06:52 PM »
Could have been a fletcherologist too maybe  :D

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #9 on: 14 October, 2009, 11:12:19 PM »
So anyone know how you pronounce the word Ptilonist...without sounding like you have a mouthful of ptilo-thingiwhatsits? :-X Is the P silent as in long grass?
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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #10 on: 15 October, 2009, 01:03:13 AM »
I tried serching for most of the words with the ptil- start without a lot of luck. In many cases the only defining reference was the WordInfo.info link given. I did find ptilosis (loss of eyelashes) in a medical dictionary with phonetic spelling and the p is silent. I assume the others are the same. 

ptilosis (ti-lo-sis) n.
Falling out of the eyelashes.

Be interesting to know if the wrods with this at the end, such as mesoptile still have the silent p or if they are like mesop-tile

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #11 on: 15 October, 2009, 04:32:27 AM »
So anyone know how you pronounce the word Ptilonist...without sounding like you have a mouthful of ptilo-thingiwhatsits? :-X Is the P silent as in long grass?

Not 'official' by any means, but just to throw in that when I've read the word it's been as "tile-on-ist", with the initial P being as subtle as the B in subtle.

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #12 on: 15 October, 2009, 02:24:54 PM »
So anyone know how you pronounce the word Ptilonist...without sounding like you have a mouthful of ptilo-thingiwhatsits? :-X Is the P silent as in long grass?

Not 'official' by any means, but just to throw in that when I've read the word it's been as "tile-on-ist", with the initial P being as subtle as the B in subtle.

As the inventor of said term, I can say without fear of contradiction, the P is silent...  Joy

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Re: Is there a proper term for someone who collects feathers?
« Reply #13 on: 02 May, 2018, 02:13:40 PM »
I like plumatatist