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philately - Word of the Day - Sat Apr 6, 2024




philately - (noun) - the collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, etc

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The mystery was solved by consulting someone familiar with philately.


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"The mystery was solved by consulting someone familiar with philately."


Who knew a stamp with an upside down biplane was worth so much?

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I heard philately would make you go blind.

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Philately is the English transliteration of the French “philatélle” coined by Georges Herpin in 1864, to replace the disliked term timbromanie (stamp mania). Herpin took the Greek root word phil(o)- meaning “an attraction or affinity for something” and ateleia- meaning “exempt from duties and taxes”, which referred to the original purpose of stamps: delivery of goods or mail was paid by the receiver. A stamp, ink or paper, on the item indicated the fee had been paid by the sender.

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Quoting from Tom Lehrer's song "Smut", which is about 60s era obscenity laws

Who needs a hobby like tennis or philately? / I've got a hobby: re-reading 'Lady Chatterley'

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