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Why doesn't the word "Philanthrope" exist in english? Surely it should, looking at the different forms of philanthropy and misanthropy. 22:03, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

It does, we just don't have it listed...yet. - [The]DaveRoss 22:05, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I take that back, we do have it listed although I doubt we could attest it at the moment. - [The]DaveRoss 22:10, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Well, you might have it listed because I just added it... here and the plural form. What do you mean by "attest"? I should probably look it up... 22:13, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
We have a process by which we certify that a word or term is actually "worthy" of being added and defined. The page which details most of the policy is WT:CFI. That is a lot to read through, if you are interested in adding many words I would suggest that it is worth the read. If you are just stopping by then it boils down to this: the word or term must have been used over the course of more than a year in three distinct published* works. The fact that the OED lists it means they were able to find some usage somewhere but my brief search didn't turn up much of use. There is a fair chance that the term will make its way to the Requests for Verification page where a more detailed inquiry will take place to see if it meets the CFI. Thanks for your interest and if you enjoy adding words to the dictionary (you aren't alone) I would recommend signing up for an account. It is free and quick and makes communication between users much easier. - [The]DaveRoss 22:19, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Well, thank you. I just merged my account from 'pedia. I'll get down to reading those sometime soon. I'm not sure where philanthrope would be used, but I personally think the word is marvellous. (Oh the irony, my in-built browser dictionary doesn't recognize the word philanthrope...) Rahrahbahb T 22:31, 1 February 2010 (UTC)