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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Definitions for sapiosexual

  1. a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others.
  2. noting or relating to such a person.

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Citations for sapiosexual
Of course, many people seek an intellectual connection with their partners. But people who identify as sapiosexual often say intellect is the first or most important factor that draws them to another person ... Anna North, "The Hottest Body Part? For a Sapiosexual, It's the Brain," New York Times, June 2, 2017
I'm a sapiosexual and love the Big Bang way he talks nerdy to me. Eric Jerome Dickey, The Blackbirds, 2016
Origin of sapiosexual
Sapiosexual is modeled on words like homosexual and metrosexual, i.e., it has a short first element that ends in “o” (two syllables for homosexual and metrosexual, three for sapiosexual). The trouble is that for some intelligent people, sapiosexual is an “incorrect” formation: the word “should be” sapientisexual or at least sapientosexual, which are correct but pedantic and unlikely to win many dates for oneself. Some people in the 19th century objected to the new-fangled word scientist because it had a Latin root (scient-) and a Greek suffix (-ist), an objection no longer made. Sapiosexual entered English in 2015.