Philately, anyone?

stamp-collecting1Naturally, I found this word at the post office! I’d heard it before, but also found its etymology fascinating: Philately (noun) is the collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials; otherwise known as stamp collecting.


stamp-collecting-franceEtymology: from [French philatélie : Greek phil-, philo-, philo- + Greek ateleia, exemption from payment (because a postage stamp indicates prepayment of postage) (a-, without; see a-1 + telos, tax, charge; see telə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]  Source:

thumbs-up2Please feel free to add new or favorite words that have gotten your attention this week!




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