Names for Collectors
and a quiz to see how many you know
Collecting is popular hobby (or in some cases obsession or addiction). Many people collect a variety of different things, the most popular of which are then given names but most of these are not recognised or authenticated by official sources as can be seen here.
Some of the terms for these collectors are quite well used and, therefore, widely known, however, others are more obscure.
How many do you think you know? Test your knowledge with this fun page -
What do you call a collector of:-
2: Cigarette cards?
3: Butterflies and moths?
4: Postage stamps?
10: Matches, match boxes or match books?
11: Works of art or curios?
12: Records (i.e. Music)?
13: Book Illustrations/engravings?
14: Birds' eggs?
20: Moneyboxes? *
* Kindly sent in by Rod Weir.
The following very comprehensive list has been supplied by Bill Turnbull with individual additions from other contributors.
Susan Spicer-McGarry comments as follows:-
I am an passionate collector of sea glass and beach found pottery shards, and I maintain friendships with other collectors with the same passion all over the world. As collectors of sea glass and beach found pottery shards we lack a proper “ology”. After a little research, I thought these worked well.
Vitrumarisology – collector of sea glass.
(Vitrum – Latin for glass; Maris – Latin for sea translates to glass - sea)
Marisvitrumology (translates to sea – glass)?Fractatestaology – Collector of pottery shards found on the beach
(Fracta – Latin for broken; testa – Latin for pot)
The Latin translation of militiludibriology (mil·i·til·u·di·bri·ol·o·gy) or the study of toy soldiers is the creation of Richard H. Carson, a doctoral student of organizational psychology at Washington State University and webmaster of http://www.carsoncollection.org/
The Latin for toy soldiers is militi ludibrio. The pronounciation of the study is militi - di-bri-ology or /miləˌteˌdeˌbiˌäləjē/.
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