I’ll stop arguing with anti-feminists and other provocateurs who claim that the latest act labelled “misogynist” isn’t really that, because, you know, whoever did it doesn’t actually HATE women when they stop calling rich people “philanthropists” for giving money away, because I really doubt that those rich people really LOVE the folks that are going to benefit from those funds.
Same goes for people saying they’re not “homophobic” because they’re not afraid of Teh Gay, they’re only disgusted by it.
Many of these portmanteau words were coined by an overly classicophilic population of ivory-towered dons, who wished to be able to talk over the heads of folks without a classical education and who were also fond of poetic allusion. Also, the meanings of words evolve over time! (For those not already aware of this, just go and look up the changes in meaning of the word “nice” over the last few centuries.)
What a word-root we now use as a prefix or suffix once meant to the ancient Greeks or Romans really doesn’t have that much to do with what it means here and now other than a very general classification in the for or against camp. Stop pretending that it does.