25 December 2017

Filofax Glossary

This was a post on Facebook back in 2013 by Kent from Oz. Lots of people then contributed to the 'glossary' I hope you find it as amusing as I did!

Filofax Glossary

  • ARTIFAX: Using the planner intended for improved organisation and filling it with calligraphy, water colours, washi decorations, stickers, sketches and drawings.
  • BOOMERFAX: Buying an A5 Amazona, swapping it for a personal Finchley then getting the Amazona back because you can't live without it!!
  • FAX EVASION: The dissimulation one embarks on when asked how many binders one has bought.
  • FAX EXILE:An ultimatum from ones spouse to stop buying new binders or suffer the consequences.
  • FAX IT: File a titbit of information under your Filofax reference tab.
  • Fax-of-Life: When you tell your children that the best things in life have two pen loops and 30mm rings!
  • FAX-ON, FAX-OFF: Learning how to use a real live honest-to-goodness Filofax by training with a Franklin-Covey binder (Those who survived the 80's will understand the reference)
  • FAXATIVE: The effect of temporarily believing you have left your binder on the train
  • FAXED OUT: Having no room left in the house for more binders.
  • FAXIMUM: The theoretical maximum number of binders one can own. Although in theory this is a mathematical constant it can often behave more like a variable.
  • FAXINATION: Preventing oneself from making further Filofax purchases by, for instance, having a tall person put ones credit card on an unreachable shelf
  • FAXMINSTER: A Filofax whose design resembles a carpet. See also 'IKAT'
  • Faxslap: What you feel like doing when someone calls it a 'diary'!
  • Filandering: Moving into another FF after just having spent a fortune on another.
  • FILANTHROPY: caring for, nourishing, developing, and enhancing the love of all things Filofaxish.
  • Filistine: Those who just do not comprehend.
  • Filo collector, erm to many too list!
  • FILO-dough: the money you spent buying Filofaxes and all you have left over is enough to buy a piece of baklava.
  • Filo-freakout When the absolute worst thing has happened - Your Filofax has been lost or stolen!
  • Filo-ology-The study of Filofaxes and the people who use them
  • FILO-PANIC-STATIONS: Hearing that Filofax may have been sold.....
  • FILO-SETI-Maniac: fan of Filofax and participant in UC Berkley's search for extra terrestrial life through SETI program.
  • Filoanxiety: When you forget to bring it with you
  • FiloArrhythmia: The immediate onset of Heart Palpitations when you suddenly realise that you've actually left the house without your Filofax.
  • FiloBayers: those that check 3 times a day for new listings on eBay.
  • FiloBox: The simple cardboard structure your Filofax came in which has now been elevated to above gold standards in terms of value. No one comes near that box and it sits farthest away from any water source.
  • FiloBucks: The made-up price you tell your spouse that you paid for your 3rd Malden purchase in one month. "It was on sale--it only cost $75 for that A5 Malden!
  • Filobuster: Talking as much as you can about a certain Filofax until your spouse gives in and says "ok already! Just buy it."
  • Filocats: When cats are magnetically drawn to your Filofax: sitting on it, laying on it, sleeping on it, chewing the corners of it, especially when you are trying to use it! A particular favourite are photos of Filofaxes with their cats, or cats with their Filofaxes!!
  • FiloChat: A once a month Skype conference
  • FiloCount: That number no one likes to admit to
  • Filocred: Your level of knowledge when posting here. As in: Steve sure has Filocred---I believe he knows what he's talking about.
  • Filocringe: Watching someone open the rings The Wrong way.
  • Filoday: When that special package arrives in the mail
  • FiloDeprived: When one's income does not cover one's FiloLust.
  • FiloEnvy: When someone else's Filofax may / or may not be better than yours.
  • FiloEuphoria, the anticipation of receiving your Filofax at your doorstep
  • Filofail: Opening the rings the wrong way
  • Filofail: Synonymous with Planner Fail, but with your Filofax
  • FiloFaint: When you try to catch up on a 135 comment Philofaxy thread
  • Filofairy: Someone who has the uncanny gift for giving true friends their first Filofaxes to get them to understand their world...oh and help them get organised.
  • FILOFART: The unfortunate sound your thumb makes as it rubs against your A5 Cuban after you have just treated the cover with leather cream.
  • FILOFAT: The state you are in when you realize it's time to move up to an A5!
  • FILOFAX ELBOW: Medical condition attributable to using an A5 binder habitually.
  • FILOfaxed: Faxing the entire contents of your Filofax to yourself before traveling (I may or may not have done this)
  • Filofilm: The films that we love with Filofaxes in them
  • Filofix: Buying a new Filofax
  • FILOFLASHING: The act of casually taking your Filofax out for no other reason but to show it off to the people around you.
  • Filoflirt: When certain Philofaxy members xxxxx, oooo
  • Filoflix : You Tube vids on our fave subject
  • Filoflutter:  The feeling you get when you see one in a second-hand shop.
  • Filofondeling: Obsessively stroking or petting the cover of your Filofax in order to asses the Strokability factor or gauge the texture in order to appease your Filolust! That's three words in one definition!!
  • Filofrustration: That feeling when you've got you're setup planned and then as soon as you start to move stuff you realise it can't physically work...
  • FILOFURY: The unpleasant emotion your better-half expresses when they eventually find out the money for the gas bill was used to pay for another Raspberry Pocket Malden you won on eBay!
  • Filogrinning: Awkward smile at pc/mobile device whilst reading Philofaxy/Facebook group chat
  • FiloKent: Well known film star
  • FiloLust: That rush of emotional want for the newest or even more so the most recently retired Filo.
  • FiloMeme: Washi tape in Filofax
  • FILOMETER: A device for measuring how long one remains satisfied with the current in-use binder or setup. Often needs to record quite short periods.
  • Filomorton: GOD
  • FiloPal: Setting up a permanent place to pay for your eBay win
  • Filopanic: The state you are in, when the filo you won on eBay never arrives!
  • Filopen a slim writing instrument that fits the pen loop and uses ink of a special formulation so as to not bleed through on the thin paper in a Filofax
  • Filoplight: Synonym to filowildered
  • Filopocalypse: Destruction of Filofaxes...or worse...the horror
  • FiloPurple: Jennifer
  • Filosaurus: The file that will hold the gems from this thread!!
  • Filosnort: The noise produced when trying to inhale whilst laughing at new Filofax words
  • Filosopher: Steve Morton
  • FILOSPEAK: Using words that only are understood by those who own a Filofax e.g. washi, WO2P and 'Malden'
  • Filostalker: What I've been reduced to when I'm out in public and I spot someone with a Filofax or similar and I have to drum up the nerve to compliment her on her planner...or keep quiet, lose the nerve and just spy.
  • Filostand: What your nightstand morphs into on any given night.
  • FILOSTARE: That awkward moment when you accidentally half-rip out a page of your beloved Filofax, stare at it in disbelief and think 'I can't believe I just did that!"
  • FiloTed: For those of us who cuddle our Filofaxes all night long!
  • Filotot: A newbie with Filos. Filotots are newbies up until 1 year of owning filos, maybe? Lol ... Then, filokid, filoteens, filodults, filograms/filogramps or filonans/filopopas??
  • FiloTraitor: Me! LOL. Cos technically I use a Mulberry. [Angela McSloy]
  • FiloTube: Taking social media by storm
  • Filotubed: How you feel after viewing all of the Filofax videos on a Saturday.
  • FiloWait: That many days between ordering your Filofax and the postman delivering it.
  • Filowildered: Confusion connection with the decision whether one should get the purple or the ochre, the Malden or the Holborn..
  • FLAGFAIL: When you're at the shops and being handed by a complete (but caring) stranger the small fluorescent adhesive flag that was stuck precariously on your backside!
  • Fliofaxophile: Lover of all things filofaxish, including being a member of Philofaxy and friends of Philofaxy.
  • INFAXUATION: Living eating breathing all things Filofaxish.
  • Malden-Mania: Fairly self-explanatory.
  • Philofaxy video Webfinds:  A strange collection of video clips that go on for hours were you rarely see the faces, strange terms are used without explanation because none is required and they often start with the code words ' I just wanted to make a quick video....' And people often only have one hand, they must all have suffered some accident to lose the other one as they struggle to open their Filofax
  • Pickled Filo: Being drunk in charge of a Filofax.
  • Ring-ectomy: The process of removing old, battered, gaping rings for new ones. No one has heard of a survivor from this operation as of yet
  • RING-RUSTY: A condition that sometimes afflicts binders in humid climates.
  • RING-SCREAM: The sound you hear when the rings close on that small web of skin between thumb and forefinger.
  • SINGULARITY: Theoretical future state in which one can work on a long term basis with just one Filofax binder.
  • SMARTPHONE: The telephone in ones hallway which is dusted weekly and whose cord.is kept untangled.
  • Spyfax: Noticing someone in a meeting has a Filofax and sneakily trying to work out what it is! Just don't get caught.... Spyfaxfail! 
  • Wishi washi: Hoping you can still buy the same roll you just ran out of.

Thank you to: Kent Buchanan, Angela McSloy, Karine Tovmassian, Lynda Noland, Susan Stanaway, Dizzy Moras, Rebecca Cripps, Robyn Placek, Julia Driscoll, Sam Hollinsworth, Shelly Sharp-Wittschiebe, Lindsay Jones, Katerina LeNoir, Cheryl Turtlemoon, Kate Bernasconi, Linda Saper, Ray Blake, Amanda Bigrell, Alan Marshall, Emma Meek, Tessa Kidd, Deborah Hadley and Sara Williams  for all your contributions!

And of course you can have this list in your Filofax!

Filofax Glossary - A5 .docx .pdf
Filofax Glossary - Personal .docx .pdf


  1. Filofam; All the above listed contributors!

  2. You need to get out more! Merry Christmas!!

  3. FILOMETRY - The conversion of metric ring sizes to that of inches, usually performed by the Filomerican, (see ”Filorings)

    FILOSTRAY - The transition from the exclusive use of a singular brand of planner to the use of multiple brands of planners, e.g.the Gillio, first discovered in the spring of 2013.

    FILOMELLAD - the famous Belgian explorer, who bravely led the first group of founders to the promised land of luxury, in the the spring of 2013. (See FILOSTRAY)

  4. absolutely amazing post- another philofaxy milestone :)