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Recyclopath

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-a person who feels the need to recycle EVERYTHING and probably couldn’t throw something in the trash can to save their life. A recylopath’s obsession with recycling is normally borderline obsessive compulsive. The term can also be used to refer to an extreme environmentalist.
 
The term recyclopath was probably formed on the analogical model of psychopath. Since a psychopath is a person who is mentally ill or unstable, it is easy to see how the term recyclopath, a person who is in a sense crazy about recycling or the environment, could be coined from this term. The term could have come into use because it is a much shorter way to call someone an environmental extremist, and it most commonly use amongst environmentalists, ecologists, biologist, and bloggers on environmental issues.
Etymology : -coined on the model of –psycho(or socio)path.
Source : “I care about the environment and recycling, but I’m not a recyclopath or anything like that.”-friend who is an EBIO major. Date:September
Last modified: 1 December 2011


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