There Should Be A Word for That: Bibleuphoria

alex atkins bookshelf wordsIf you are a bibliophile you know the feeling: that wave of euphoria that washes over you when you serendipitously find that elusive book you have been hunting for years, perhaps decades. Or perhaps you stumble on a special book that you never even knew existed (bibliophiles call this the “unknown unknown.” You think to yourself: “How is it possible this book escaped my attention? This book should have been on my wish list!” Over decades of hunting books, I have experienced this countless times — with books that have been on my wish list for more than 35 years. So I pose this question: shouldn’t there be a word for this profound feeling of elation, a truly Eureka moment, when you finally find that Holy Grail or unknown unknown?

To that end, I present the word bibleuphoria, defined as: “the euphoric feeling experienced when you finally find a book that has been on your wish list for years or a special book that you didn’t even know existed.” The word bibleuphoria, pronounced “bi blyoo FAW ree uh,” formed from the Greek word-forming elements biblio- (meaning “related to books”) and euphoria (meaning “power of enduring easily,” but more generally, “a sense of elation”). There are several other word-element combinations to consider for this neologism, like biblexulatation or bibliolation, however none are as euphonious as bibleuphoria. So the next time you are a bookstore and find a special book, you can yell out “bibleuphoria.” Be sure to cherish the knowing smiles, from nearby book lovers, that will greet you. They may not know the word — but they definitely know the feeling.

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