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  • FireB
    Just in case the first mail was too tough on your nerves... ... bibliotaphy [n. BIB-lee-oh-TAF-ee] ... Bibliotaphy is the practice of hoarding or hiding books,
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      Just in case the first mail was too tough on your nerves...
      here's something else:

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      bibliotaphy [n. BIB-lee-oh-TAF-ee]

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      Bibliotaphy is the practice of hoarding or hiding books, and someone
      who engages in bibliotaphy is a bibliotaph.

      Like many "bookish" words, this one includes the biblio- prefix, from
      the Greek biblion (book), which also gave us Bible. The suffix,
      -taphy, is from Greek taphos (tomb), since the books hoarded or
      hidden might as well be entombed.

      Another word from taphos is cenotaph [n. SEN-uh-taf] (an empty tomb
      that commemorates someone who is actually buried elsewhere), with the
      prefix ceno- from Greek kenos (empty).

      Here are more "bookish" words:

      bibliopegy: the art of binding books
      bibliopolist: a seller of books, especially rare or used ones
      bibliotics: examination of documents for authenticity
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