When I used it, I meant to say that not only peeve collectors but also students of peevishness would find rich material in the Telegraph's online collection; and it seems as if the latter deserve the title "peevologist" more than the former. Shouldn't those who collect language peeves, rather than studying them, have a name that reflects the irrational, obsessive side of the pursuit?Now, she's raising good questions, surely, but I still think peevologist is spot on — the irony of -ology, hanging there off the back of peeve, the core of what that enterprise is about. Seems perfect. I'd say that there's room for both her groups under the big peevologist tent. Still, putting some shades of meaning into this semantic field seems good. Peeverazzi has a lot of appeal, for example, since it gets at how annoying those folks are and how worthless the substance of what they do. But a bunch more candidates have real promise, and this opens a big window to additional ideas.
Say: Peevotaries /peevepots/ peeve phreaks/ peevomaniacs / peevehounds /peeve puppies/ peeve petters / peevenuts / peevepests /peevewits / peeve peepers / peeveseekers / peeveophiles/ peeverts [I know, too suggestive of other fetishes] / peevehoarders / peeveseekers / peevepickers / peevechasers / peevepreeners / peeverazzi / peevespotters . . . add yours here.
So, there, readers: The comments over the last weeks and months have made quite clear that the collective readership of this blog has more horsepower than both F1 Ferrari's in the wind tunnel. Here's a set of more concrete questions:
- Where should we aim to set the bounds of peevologist? (Here as throughout, of course, usage will rule, but let's think about what we're comfortable with.)
- Should we add another term to distinguish collectors from students?
- If so, what's your preference?