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Loyal to losers

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Topic: 3) Loyal to losers (1 of 4), Read 84 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Wen Stephenson (wstephenson@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 10:47 AM

Steve Cappadoccio, of Milton, Mass., writes: "As a (I don't have to be ashamed to admit it) Red Sox fan, I wonder if there is a single word for the triumph of hope over experience -- for continuing to root for my team, year in, year out, even though they always always always disappoint me."

(Barbara Wallraff is on vacation this week, so I'm posting the new Fugitives for her. --WS)

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Topic: 3) Loyal to losers (2 of 4), Read 76 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 06:24 AM

blind faith

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Topic: 3) Loyal to losers (3 of 4), Read 74 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 01:54 PM

as suggested by Roger's reply, most of the words that approach this concept do so from a negative direction; to wit: credulity, gullibility, dupability, naivete.

8-)


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Topic: 3) Loyal to losers (4 of 4), Read 46 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Charles Elster (chelster@juno.com)
Date: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 06:55 PM

Steve, I have a word not for your action of rooting but for you, the rooter: "infracaninophile," a champion of the underdog (in your case the perennial loser). It was coined by Christopher Morley in the preface to "The Complete Sherlock Holmes." You'll find it in my book "There's a Word for It!" (Pocket Books, 1997).


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