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Sapiosexual (2)

noun; analogy
A person who is attracted to or aroused by the intelligence of another person.
 
Sapiosexual is used as a marker of sexual orientation, even listed as an orientation of various dating apps.
Etymology : The word sapiosexual has existed on a word on various online forums since 2002, but OKCupid, an online dating service, included it as one of its sexual orientation options in 2014. However, the term gained popularity more recently during a controversial interview during which musician Mark Ronson told the hosts of Good Morning Britain that he identified as a sapiosexual after being probed about the ending of a recent relationship. Sapiosexual is formed by analogy from sexuality-indicating words like homosexual and heterosexual, in which the orientation-specific root precedes the linker “o” and the root “sexual,” which indicates that the word is in fact referring to a description of one’s sexuality. “Sapi-” comes from the 15th century adjective “sapient,” meaning wise, that can be traced back to the Old French “sapient” which comes from the Latin “sapientem,” the present participle form of “sapere” meaning to taste, have taste, or to be wise. “-Sexual” comes from the 1650 definition of pertaining to the fact of being male or female, which is from the Latin “sexualis” meaning relating to sex. By the 18th century, “sexual” narrowed to refer to copulation or generation. Only in 1967 did “sexual” narrow even further to mean sexual orientation specifically.
Source : “I feel like I am identifying as a sapiosexual.” (Mark Ronson, Good Morning Britain, September 19th, 2019)
Last modified: 6 December 2019


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