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Coin collecting and stamp collecting are both equally dull.

"Numismatics" sounds appropriately dry, while "philately" sounds exotic and possibly obscene.

Discuss.

(Check back mid-August for my next post.)
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From:evilprodigy
Date:July 10th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
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I don't know about that. Numismatics has a bit of the air of the illusionist, I think, a numismatist sounds like someone who ought to get up on stage and perform unsettling tricks upon which a Hugh Jackman-Christian Bale movie will later be based. Philately on the other hand smacks of an adverb one would apply to the aging curator of a museum.
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From:astrobolism
Date:July 10th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
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Well, "philately" is, I admit, a word much better spoken than seen on the page... while maybe "numismatics" is classier in print, where it doesn't sound so pedantically nasal.
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From:mr_earbrass
Date:July 10th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
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Ethan Coen has an obscene limerick built around the word "philately." Would you like me to post?
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From:astrobolism
Date:July 10th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Certainly! It might go nicely with this limerick I uncovered, apparently written by Frank Lloyd Wright, on numismatics:

I found in the News Numismatic
High pricing that made me ecstatic
on a mis-minted cent
Lincoln mangled and bent
like the ones I produce in my attic.
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From:mr_earbrass
Date:July 10th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)

Ahem

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A philatelist out in the sticks
Had to patiently tell all the hicks
Who had offered to sit
for philately, it
In fact wasn't the sucking of dicks

A classy line from the darling of the Academy's poetry collection The Drunken Driver Has The Right Of Way.
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From:astrobolism
Date:July 10th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Ahem

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Thanks--I think that bolsters my original argument very nicely!
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From:kaph
Date:July 10th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Numismatics is one of my favorite words. Numismatics, numismatics, numismatics. :)
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From:astrobolism
Date:July 10th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
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I do find myself appreciating the word a lot more when it's divorced from the context where I usually find it, the cover of The Numismatic News... :)
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