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Posted 04/18/2019   09:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add gmot to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A recent thread on gutter pairs made me think of some of the unusual philatelic words/phrases we use, and then about which one was my favourite.

Mine would be the French "obliteration" for cancellation/postmark - to an English speaker it sounds so definitive, as if the stamp has been completely destroyed.

Feel free to share your favourite(s) - in any language - and why.
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Posted 04/18/2019   09:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think there is already a thread on philatelic language. Been a while since I've seen it.
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Posted 04/18/2019   10:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I believe the British call a cancelled item "franked".
Interesting how different terms are used in different countries.
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Posted 04/18/2019   10:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My favorite is definitely unhinged. It describes both stamps and collectors :)
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Posted 04/18/2019   11:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add waddsbadds to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My favorite would be tete-beche. Everything always sounds more exotic in French, and when you think about it, anything you would call it in English would sound clumsy, and would take more words to describe: "a pair of stamps in which one is printed upside down in relation to the other."
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Posted 04/18/2019   11:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gettinold to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I find the term EFO a challenge. I've seen errors and oddities. I've never seen a freak. Well, at least not a stamp deserving the title.
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Posted 04/18/2019   12:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ClassicPhilatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My favorite is an anachronism now. Before it was called "philately", it was called "timbromania", which in french meant "stamp mania". For a long time I used to use the screenname "StampManiac", both here and on eBay... It wasn't until after we switched to ClassicPhilatelist that I discovered the existence of timbromania. But it describes me perfectly.

sallzer, hahaha, unhinged is now my second favorite.
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Posted 04/18/2019   12:39 pm  Show Profile Check Battlestamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Battlestamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"$1 cover box". I can find some of the most interesting things in them.
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Posted 04/18/2019   2:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add James Drummond to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Pigeon Blood Pink.

This implies that someone, somewhere, actually compared his stamp to a dead bird's blood, and decided that they matched perfectly.

Now, that's just creepy...

Jim

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Posted 04/18/2019   2:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add FitzjamesHorse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Several words.
"A unique investment opportunity of 36 First Day Covers to celebrate...."
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Posted 04/18/2019   2:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampOCD to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I can't limit mine to one word . Mine is the following phrase :

" I'm new to the hobby , is this a 596? "
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Posted 04/18/2019   3:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rare
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Posted 04/18/2019   3:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add CL_Arctos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm partial to "se-tenant."
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Posted 04/18/2019   4:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dry Tech to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The term "Dismal Brown" used to describe the color of an early TCP? Ran across it years ago and can't remember which item it referred to.
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Posted 04/18/2019   5:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add amccleaf1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm with waddabadda, I like tete-beche. It sounds exotic, and requires some 'splainin'.
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Posted 04/18/2019   6:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've always liked harrow.
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