While you may or may not be guilty of this egregious and oh-so-grievous sin, you probably have been in close proximity to one who has.

So close.

So very, very close.

Close enough for them to step on your sore feet, willy-nilly.


intransitive verb


  1. :  to dance or tread clumsily

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Are you one? A nemophilist, that is?

I suspect you are.

No, it’s not a lover of the little fish from the Pixar film, though we like him, too.

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Here’s a hint:

photo by Jason Sturner – Rockefeller Forest, Humboldt Redwoods State Park – Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) via Wikimedia Commons




  • A person who loves or is fond of woods or forests.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Atlantic Monthly.

Ah ha! A lover of woods and forests. Fireplace smoke, pinecones, needle-coated hiking trails, shady glens, and majestic firs … what’s not to love?

Hi, my name’s MaryJane, and I’m a nemophilist.

There is no cure.

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