Posted by Pat the hat on December 13, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Obsessed with speed posted by Woodchuck on December 12, 2002
: : : : : i've been searching all over the internet to try to find the word that means an obsession with speed. if anyone could help me, it'd be great.
: : : : : thanks
: : : : I don't know of such a word, but you might have some luck with the prefix "tachy-."
: : : Good suggestion from Ms. Berg. If you don't want to use an expression like "speed junkie", you might well have to make a word up - tachyomania or tachyophilia spring to mind as legitimate coinages.
: : Speedfreak?
: Tachy- is used by the medical profession (ex. tachycardia), but the fear of speed is tachophobia so I'd suggest following suit with "tachomania".
: I'd stay away from using "tachophilia" as it would indicate a paraphilia. Unless the thrill of putting the pedal to the metal is sexual, mania is the preferred suffix.
My understanding was that "motorhead" was a suitable word for this, more widely know as the name of the band, I believe it originally comes from US Hell's Angels and is for someone who is obsessed with speed...