We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]

With or without an ‘e’?

Europhile, n. (pronounced “yew-ro-file”) Person or institution with an enthusiasm about the merging of the European States into a single State, usually regardless of any other considerations. A Europhile is often reluctant to be identified as such, especially when he is a politician.

Urophile, n. (pronounced “yew-ro-file”) Person with an enthusiasm for being subjected to showers of urine. A Urophile is often reluctant to be identified as such, especially when he is a politician.

Now it would be easy and gratuitous of me to imply that both are one and the same, but this is obviously unfair.

One is a harmless pervert who engages in fantasies in private that involve no coercion against other people. The other is a dangerous pervert who conspires in private, and who needs to be exposed and subjected to public embarrassment.

The ‘e’ makes all the difference.

9 comments to With or without an ‘e’?

  • Jake

    In the US, Europhile is an unknown word. We use Eurotrash instead.

  • Libertarian, n. (Prounounced, in Southern drawl, “Lib-u-teen”): One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.

    Liberteen, n. (Prounounced, in Southern drawl, “Lib-u-teen”): One who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person.

    Now it would be easy and gratuitous of me to imply that etc. etc.

  • Jonathan L

    Its funny I always thought that supporters of the EU were taking the piss.

  • Antoine Clarke

    Rich,
    and you think I have a problem with your connection of libertarian and libertine?

    You have not been reading my views on food and sex obviously! ;-)

  • I much prefer to call them Federasts and Euroweenies…

  • Guy Herbert

    In Danish the name “euro” for the currency is a similar double meaning. No wonder they aren’t so keen.

  • What was wrong with Quisling?

  • LT

    Rich, I’ve lived in the south for a while and nobody has ever mangled libertarian quite the way you describe. They pretty much respect the fact that it has five syllables.

    In either case, it’s really not an insult here anyway. So you fail on two levels. Better luck next time.

  • Alan Peakall

    What do our Australian readership call those with a purely platonic passion for small wallabies?
    :-)