I’d like to know if hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia, my proposed opposite of hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a real word or condition. I know –philia is the opposite of –phobia and –phile is the opposite of –phobic, so I was wondering if there is an opposite to every –phobia word.
What’s a word?
Is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic a word? Is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobe a word? Is anti-hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic a word? Is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious a word?
There’s no official board of English language authorities who make judgements about what is and isn’t a word. If a combination of letters, or a combination of sounds can be understood by people, then it should probably count as a word.
In English, you can produce new words by adding prefixes or suffixes to them. The new word you produce may not represent anything than exists, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a word.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia is a real word, whether or not it’s a real condition.
So, to answer your question, is there an opposite to every -phobia word, yes there is a word that means the opposite, but that word may not describe a real thing.