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Is there a name for the someone that loves storms?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23293 points ) May 5th, 2010

For example, if an ailuromaniac is obsessed with cats… what would the word be for someone obsessed with storms? Or even rain. Is there such a thing?

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lillycoyote's avatar

I hope someone has the answer because I love storms. I would like to know what to call myself.

Jeruba's avatar

Well, brontophobia and astraphobia have to do with the fear of thunder and lightning, and ombrophobia is the fear of rain. I love rain, so I think I could call myself an ombrophile (= lover of) and no one could say I wasn’t. You could help yourself to “brontophile.”

OneMoreMinute's avatar

Well I love cats and storms.
Hey! What’s maniac doing in that purrrfectly nice word?

What is the word for someone who loves watching storms with their cat?

faye's avatar

I’ll be a brontofile and astraphile. Now, I also love blizzards so I’ll be one of those, too.

Jeruba's avatar

Brontocumailurovideophile.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Jeruba Well, we might just have to practice some neologisms on the fly here. What about brontophialia and astraphialia and ombrophilia? Do you have any suggestions? I think I have exhausted the -philias here.

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Jeruba's avatar

@lillycoyote, that’s what I was saying with “brontophile.” The -philia part (no a before the l) means “love of,” and the -phile suffix is “lover of.” Necrophilia. Bibliophile. Etc.

Zen_Again's avatar

Book lover? Sounds kinky.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Jeruba That’s why I need you Jeruba, to keep me on the strait and and narrow with my Latin and Greek roots, suffixes, etc. :)

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faye's avatar

@Jeruba I’m going to need a shorter word for conversation purposes!

MissAnthrope's avatar

Since ‘ailuromaniac’ is based in Latin, I submit the suggestion of tempestophile. Tempestaphile? Anyway, tempestas is Latin for “storm”.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

So I looked up your suggestions… and “brontophile” does indeed mean “someone who is fond of thunderstorms.”

I am so excited to have a word for this, thank you!

@OneMoreMinute I was actually laying at the foot of my bed last night, with my cat, watching the lightning…. we should start a club :P haha

OneMoreMinute's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie Yeah, we should start a “Thunder Cats” club. With a lightning bolt over the top!

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