We need a word for "violin lover"
Well I do at least, and we certainly exist as a particular breed of musician/enthusiast/collector. Looking for something akin to "bibliophile" and thinking to include other stringed instruments I discovered that the Latin for "string" or "wire" is "filum", so can I suggest FILOPHILE? Of course there may already be filophiles out there whose passion is collecting pieces of string.
If we want a word made up of Greek roots (generally preferable to mixed Latin/Greek) I would suggest "philolyrist", which means someone who is fond of the lyre and is derived from "philolyros", a word found in the works of Aeschylus. The lyre was a gut-strung instrument in antiquity and would have been a close equivalent in its usage to today's violin.
Cordophile? Philocord? I guess the similarity between "cord" and "chord" must be etymological rather than coincidental?
Five syllables is outside my short-term memory span. I'm starting to like Aeschylus's "lyrophile", preferably not pronounced "leerophile" because that sounds a bit too topical. Could we all start using it a lot before I email the OED and Chambers'?
What's the problem with the already existing "violinist" word?
So who needs "bibliophile" when "reader" will do? Not all violinists are violin-lovers and not all violin-lovers are violinists.
Anything "-ophile" just sounds wrong.
"What's the problem with the already existing "violinist" word?"
Steve, just to confirm that "lyrophile" isn't in the OED or Webster's 3rd New International Dictionary (that's the 3 vol one). I haven't dared to look in the Urban Dictionary :)
Don't we need a term which is so obscure, that people won't "get it", or make fun of us right away?
Until not much more than a year ago I'd have described myself as a keen violinist but not a "violin-lover". My perfectly decent violin was just the tool I used to try to make music. Then I thought there might be a wider world to explore. By chance I was made aware of a London dealer who sounded like my kind of guy - very academically minded (particularly interested in British violins) with a background in violin-making (trained at the Newark school) and dealing at the highest level (Christie's resident expert in New York) - he even plays the thing in string quartets for his own amusement. He seemed very happy to entertain me one-on-one in his somewhat chaotic showroom, for me to try any violin within and without my budget and discuss any aspect of violin lore for as long as (to me) seemed decent.
Not enough syllables
Honestly, I nominate Rocky's "violosaurus."
There's already a word for it: amateur. We tend to forget its etymology...
Well, if violinist is a word that only means that you play the violin but not love it necessarily, then whatever fancy word you say, biolover, I'll find it problematic because I'd say that someone may say he's a biolover, claiming the violin is the best thing in the universe, but it could be appearance only, a fake biolover, and then I'd say we would need another word to filter the fakes biolovers, so the new word could only be used to refer to those that have been internationally accredited by the supreme violinist court.
That'll annoy the lyrophilophobes
"Raw Ecorganic Gluten-free Obvioloverous"
Are you implying that you are a violin lover because of its sound and/or because you like the look, build and feel of them? Certainly, this will help us customize and find the right word for you.
Yes, yes and more yes. For me (and I'm definitely not alone) the fascination also lies in the antiquity and lore bound up in "violinism" ("lyrophilia"?). No other instrument has anything like the same rich back story and mystique. Zillions of books have been written about Stradivari and the great Cremonese makers, but even at my price point stories and myths abound. Charles "Lord" Harris who inherited a small fortune, built a stone manor house, went bankrupt and back to violin making in the space of a few years. George Craske who opened up Paganini's "Il Cannone" and ruined its sound. Lockey Hill who was hung as a horse thief. Every time I pick up an old violin I wonder where it's been, who played it, what music it played and how it got that nasty scratch. To buy even an anonymous one as a hulk with 2 ancient gut strings and no bridge and then get it playing again is like reviving a living thing. Bibliophiles do more than just read books, oenophiles do more than just drink wine, audiophiles do more than just listen to music. Most of the other -ophiles I won't go into.
Sounds more a "Mania" than a "Philia".
With such passion, sometimes one word isn't enough. You are a violin junkie, a violin enthusiast, a violin >connoisseur<.
How Il Cannone got ruined exactly?
A few months ago I met with a guy from the Amati auction house to consign a couple of crappy old instruments (sorry "living things") to their sale. He was en route to a house whose attic contained about 800 violins. Now that's vitulamania - nice one Carlos!
Was the lyre bowed? I don't think so.
Practice is for lyropractors
chin holdin', peg turnin', string twerkin', bridge bracin', bow haulin', tone buildin', straight backed, loose limbered, grace fingered, music makers... ok, maybe that's a little long...
I'm thinking vitulamaniac is awesome.
I second Paul’s Restus Sholderus
I concur. Paul's takes the cake.
This is what happens when you try to introduce a little democracy to the classroom. Back to your desks children!
"violinner" - as in, "Ich bin ein violinner."
I still like "lyraphile" for its academically pretentious Greek derivation. And the lyra was actually a primitive bowed instrument in medieval Europe. So thanks everyone for the suggestions, satirical or not
A term for violin lover?
Latin and Greek have long been staple sources in the English-speaking world for devising new words to define or describe new concepts in science, medicine, technology or just for everyday use (e.g. "cinema", "data", "telephone"). It is in fact extraordinarily difficult to write any extended prose in English without using words derived from Latin and Greek - you'd end up with something remarkably similar to pre-Norman Conquest Anglo Saxon, a foreign language for most English speakers today (except for a few expletives!).
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