Words: Paedophile, n.
Monday 15 November 1999
Meanwhile, we have the word paedophile, but not one for a love of children - which, from the Greek, is in fact what it should mean, just as an audiophile relishes hi-fi rather than smashes it up. Some parents loathe children; some of the childless - such as Virginia Woolf - are magical with them.
Paedophile was Havelock Ellis's 1906 coining. Does any other word that ends in -phile mean a perversion? Some might suggest Europhile.
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