Reclaiming Words: Xenophile

Xenophile (n.): A person who has a love of foreign people and culture; A person with an interest in celebrating people's differences.

Xenophile (n.): A person who has a love of foreign people and culture; 
A person with an interest in celebrating people's differences.

We mostly use or hear of the use of words such as xenophobe, homophobe, transphobe, all words that use the suffix -phobe which means fear of, or dislike of, often used to express a dislike of specific groups of people. In the same way that news is rarely good news, we too often focus on the qualities we dislike in people and not enough on celebrating those we admire and should emulate. So here’s to the xenophiles of this world!

Origin and etymology of xenophile (n.)  from xeno- "foreign, strange" + -phil “love of, for.”

xeno- word-forming element meaning "strange, foreign; stranger, foreigner," from Greek xenos "a guest, stranger, foreigner, refugee, guest-friend, one entitled to hospitality."

-phile also -phil, word-forming element meaning "one that loves, likes, or is attracted to," via French -phile and Medieval Latin -philus in this sense, from Greek -philos, "loving, friendly, dear; related, own." 

[Source: Etymonline]

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