I made up the name "Ephemeraology" specifically for this blog - I scooped it up and registered the domain name because to me, it wasn't a stretch. I mean, if we're talking in Greek etymological terms, wouldn't it mean "the study of ephemera"? Yet it doesn't exist - the closest match the 2011 Merriam-Webster online dictionary has is "ephemerality". Doesn't have the same ring to it. Plus, it's not as fun to say when you're inebriated. :D
In my searching for words, however, I came across some awesome words that describe collectors of things. Mental Floss has a great list, and many of them describe me (and you, I'm sure!) to a T! Here's a sample:
Do you collect matchbooks or labels? I do! So I guess I'm also a phillumenist.
How about flags? If you collect those, then you're a vexillophile. How about that! I collect those too!
Are you a lotologist? You are if you collect lottery cards. BINGO! Right again! :D
Living in Wisconsin, I suppose I'm not the only tyrosemiophile - that's a collector of cheese labels. So I guess that means that this cheese doesn't stand alone? :D
So, what do YOU collect? Whatever it is, I'm sure there a word for it! Look it up and see - there, don't you feel all "official" now? :D
And of course, I prefer to NOT let my collection sit idle in a drawer - it's the art that we make with our collections that make us true Ephemeraologists! If you'd like, send me a link to your art made with ephemera in the comments below, like a Flickr page or something. If you're not photographing your artwork - you MUST! It's so fun to see what the original ephemera looked like and how you made it 100% cooler by creating with it YOUR way. So, let's see what you've done! :D