Eddie lives in Ireland. He's been a Private Detective. He can speak Romanian. He loves words. And teddy bears.
How cool can you get?
Do you love teddy bears?
If you do, you’re an arctophile, a rather lovely word derived from the Greek arktos (bear) and philos (loving, dear).
While it might not sound like a cuddly word for a person that’s fond of teddies, for a grown man like me it’s perfect as it conveys a certain respectability and reverence for something that, apparently, I should have grown out of by now.
Piffle, I say, and as a proud arctophile I present to you a picture of my two dearest arctophilic possessions: my copy of Who Wants an Old Teddy Bear? by Ginnie Hoffman, a book my father used to read to me at bedtime (and now a book I read to my own daughter when it’s time for her to slip away to Bedfordshire), and Montgomery, a dashingly handsome bear that my Mum gave to me, a bear that I still find impossible to pass by without giving him a great big squeeze.
Word To Use Today: arctophile. This is a person that collects or is very fond of teddy bears. I’m an arctophile, and I suspect you probably are too.
Mulțumesc, Eddie (That's Romanian for thank you. I hope.). I love real bears - brown bears, grizzly bears, Paddington bear, black bears, polar bears, Rupert bear, sun bears, Pooh Bear - any bear as long as it isn't going around frightening or hurting people.
Unfortunately I've never been lucky enough to meet the right teddy bear for me. But you never know.