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- n. Plural form of philomath.
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Swift first appeared as a professed author in 1708, when he wrote against astrologers, and prophetic almanack-makers, called philomaths -- then numerous, but now only represented by Zadkiel.
I think I can offer you, in this parliament of philomaths, entertainment of the most genuine sort; and having said so much, I might well retire and be heard no more.
Once the existence of this nymphomania-micro-coccus -- as we philomaths would call it -- is established, the rest will be dead easy.
Though Charles Lamb included almanacs in his catalogue of "books which are no books," and the founder of the Bodleian Library would not admit that they were books and excluded them from the shelves of his library, when New England philomaths and philodespots numbered such honored names as Mather, Dudley, Sewall, Chauncey, Brattle, Ames, and
Scott thought that the the philomaths worshiped relics: so they do, in one sense.
I find that many Net pessimists engage in this sort of philomaths-vs-the plebians, elites-vs-common folk critique.