December 28, 2007

Way to Ruin "philia" for the Rest of Us


I saw a word that ended with "philia" the other day and got grossed out. Then, I realized that this word had nothing to do with little kids.

Pedophilia has ruined a perfectly good suffix. "Philia" - meaning friendship, affection, brotherly love has now been corrupted.

But, most people have friendly affection for children, so perhaps we need to give child molestors a new name.

It's the suffix "eros" that actually means sexual love.

So, shouldn't a child molestor be called a pederos?

Of course, that might hurt his chances of getting into the Mexican Hall of Fame too?
...anyone get that one?

1 comment:

Ryan said...

I spent most of the post wondering what in the world Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader had to do with pedophilia...