Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for..........Xenophobia and Xenophilia

To be honest, I was just going to skip X this year. But then something happened this morning. Every Monday I give my students a vocabulary packet, and when I flipped to this week's unit in my trusty vocabulary book I had to laugh. The words all include the suffixes phobia or philia. One of the words is xenophobia and that was my very first X back in 2011. In 2012, I went flip side of the coin and did xenophilia, a word that, quite frankly, was new to me at the time. So as I made my copies before school, I decided I wouldn't skip X after all.

I certainly prefer Xenophilia, an attraction to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs. The opposite of xenophobia if you will. I love learning about foreign cultures and customs, and some of my very favorite people hail from other countries. I may be making up a word here, but I would even consider myself a xenophiliac. 

As you can imagine, my students weren't particularly happy to see their weekly vocabulary homework coming at them this morning, but this little X coincidence put a smile on my face.

Hey, at least one person in the room was happy.


  1. I was going to skip X, too. Unfortunately I don't have a room full of students for inspiration but if you can do it, hey, maybe I can do.... you xenophiliac, you.

  2. Funny how the world conspires to help us with these posts, eh?

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

  3. Xenophiliac is a good word, even if you did make it up. It is fun to meet people from other places and learn about them, their culture, and their world view.

  4. I love how life works sometimes. That is a wonderful turn of events!