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Posted on 12/01/2008 7:44:08 AM PST by Pelagius of Asturias
Hoplophobia, n. Irrational, morbid fear of guns (c. 1980, coined by Col. Jeff Cooper, from the Greek hoplites, weapon; see his book Principles of Personal Defense). May cause sweating, faintness, discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, nondescript fears, more, at mere thought of guns. Presence of working firearms may cause panic attack. Hoplophobe, hoplophobic.
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I used to use HOPpe’s #9 to CLEAN my guns.*
Coincidence? I think NOT!
* I say “used to” because I recently SOLD ALL MY GUNS. Leaving me with NO GUNS for the BATFE to ask me questions about... That’s right NO GUNS. None... at all...
A fear of old black and white westerns?
(When the good guys were actually the good guys?)
I suffer from Hypelophoboa.
The hoplos was the Greek hoplite’s shield, the most distinctive part of his armament, and perhaps the only part other than a spear affordable by the poorest members of the phalanx. The hoplites were “shieldmen.”
It seems odd to name a fear of guns after a defensive weapon.
Hey, thanks, Wayne. I just discovered that my house is "gun free" as well.
Got these here nifty gift certificates for 'em.
Going to buy me some environmentally-friendly and ethnically-diverse "Winter Solstace" gifts for the homeless people.
Yea, that's it.
Fear of Jump Ropes?
Which, as everyone here knows; handguns are fundamentally defensive weapons.
Good try, but no cigar.
Firearms are by definition an offensive weapon.
Their use in defense is based on the (accurate) assumption that the best defense is a good offense.
OTOH, I must agree that the handgun would not generally be the weapon of choice for an intelligent person when planning an attack.
It is defensive in that it is more likely to be readily available when defense is needed.
Likewise, all of my firearms are assault weapons, even my single shot guns.
So therefore Hoplophobia is correctly a fear of weapons in general, not just guns. Even today privates in the Greek army are called όπλιτεσ or (H)oplites (pronounced OH-plee-tess.
I don't know why the "H" is added in English. There is no letter H in Greek, nor is there an H sound. For instance, Hippopotamus in Greek is pronounced "ee-po-PO-ta-mos", a combination of the Greek words ippo meaning under and potamos meaning river
Firearms are tools. (period, end of sentence)
How those tools are used dictates the adjective.
Greek uses a diacritical marker (') at the beginning of a word to show rough breathing, as it is called. The phonetic segment [h] exists, however, there is no letter to represent it.
Words which begin with rho [r] also use this same marker. The sound complex is [hr].
Almost anything can be a weapon, most definitely including various parts of the human body.
However, some tools have been very precisely developed to be highly useful for damaging animals and other humans. As a short-hand way of expressing this trait, they are commonly referred to as weapons.
While guns are tools, few have much utility other than as weapons.
Weapons are force multipliers that allow the physically inferior to not be coerced by the physically superior.
IE, it’s a tool for social equality.
I don’t disagree.
Weapons are a sub-class of tools. As with all tools, they can be used for good or evil.
Actually, prior to the advent of easily used firearms, weapons provided little additional advantage to the physically inferior. A physically inferior person with a sword will generally die about as quickly up against a physically superior swordsman, as he would against the same guy with both of them unarmed.
Firearms changed this. As, to a lesser extent, did the longbow.
Obamaphobia...the fear of having a marxist, muslim, Kenyan, gun-grabbing, abortion-loving, black empowerment church attendin’ , America hatin’, panty waste wimp, as the usurper president with occupation of the White House set to start Jan 20, 2009. Hang on, it’s going to be a dangerous time for us all.
In modern Greek there is no “h” sound as in in the English words “house” or “happy”.
There is as you say, in modern Greek the “rough breath” sound as in the word “hriso” meaning gold, “hara” meaning joy and “htapodi” meaning octopus but these words begin with the letter “chi”, a character that resembles the English letter X.
Still the modern Greek word for weapon is pronounced O-plo and the word for hippopotamus is pronounced ee-po-PO-ta-mos.
No “rough breath” sound in these words at all.
If you are speaking of ancient Greek, then I defer to your knowledge.
I was refering to ancient Greek (classical Attic and Koine). I believe, when Cooper coined his term (hoplophobia), he was using ancient Greek constituents.
There has been significant phonological change in the language and I, likewise, defer to your knowledge of modern Greek.
So, you are Greek. Opa!
I confused Ippo for the modern Greek word for "under" or "beneath" which is also pronounced "ee-PO". It is where the English prefix hypo comes from as in hypodermic (under the skin).
Greek heritage, second generation American. All four grandparents came from Greece beginning in 1917.
Yia sou file.
(To your health friend)
Actually I’ve seen a lot of AR’s being sold by private sales at gun shows lately.
It would seem like a lot of people bought some as an investment early in the year and are now selling them off.
If that’s all they had.. they may need to buy some more later on when needed.
It’s that time honored tradition. Buy high and sell low.
From which I've unaccountably been suffering from for the last seven months.
That’s usually not how that is supposed to work. The point really is that the records are going to show people buying a lot of guns some early this year or before, and some later on.
Having sold some of those guns privately earlier this year and buying more, the records are going to be inaccurate.
Note: this topic was posted 12/1/2008. Thanks Pelagius of Asturias.