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Apparently, pleonexia is the condition I've been battling, with extremely variable success, since I started Project Empty: Get Rid of All My Crap.

A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

pleonexia
PRONUNCIATION:
(pli-uh-NEK-see-uh)

MEANING:
noun: Excessive or insatiable covetousness.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek pleonektein (to be greedy), from pleion (more) + ekhein (have).

USAGE:
"Don McClanen thinks a condition called pleonexia has overtaken the U.S. 'Pleonexia is an insatiable need for more of what I already have, and it has penetrated our culture to the point where people are angry at the poor,' he states."

--Jaye Scholl; Don McClanen Offers the Wealthy a Different Kind of Freedom; Barron's (New York); Sep 18, 2000.

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executrix
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'm more concerned about the incidence of plan-orexia among those in positions of power.
emeraldsedai
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Or Palin-drome.
executrix
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
BWahahaha! Defined as "ass-backwards, whether facing Right or Further Right."
emeraldsedai
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Touché!
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