One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A personality type characterized by enjoyment of the challenge of coping alone with dangerous and uncertain situations.Often contrasted with ocnophil
- ‘The type that avoids the thrills of the roller coaster is an ocnophil... The opposite, or philobat("one who loves to go places") is the type that becomes a racing driver, stunt flyer, animal tamer, explorer or Astronaut.’
- ‘Philobats are people who avoid attaching themselves to persons or places because they strive primarily for adventure and change.’
1950s: from philo-, on the pattern of acrobat.
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