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Tuesday, January 22, 2002

philomath

\FIL-uh-math\ , noun;
1.
A lover of learning; a scholar.
Quotes:
It is precisely for the philomaths that universities ought to cater.
-- Aldous Huxley, Proper Studies
It's nothing to laugh about, he says. "Strange things happen in this country -- things that philosophers and other philomaths had never dreamed of."
-- Tomek Tryzna, Miss Nobody
Origin:
Philomath is from the Greek philomathes, "loving knowledge," from philos, "loving, fond" + mathein, "to learn, to understand."
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