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Do You Know What All These "-Ology" Words Actually Mean?

Can you tell your thanatology from your speleology?

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    Dendrochronology
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    Agrostology
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    It's dendrochronology.

    Agrostology is the study of grasses.

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    Urology
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    Oenology
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    It's oenology, or enology.

    Urology is different, but related.

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    It's a synonym for obstetrics.

    There doesn't seem to be a word for the study of smoking.

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    Entomology
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    Etymology
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    It's entomology.

    "Etymology" is the study of the roots of words.

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    Ludology
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    Molinology
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    It's ludology.

    Molinology is the study of windmills and such, obviously.

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    It's the study of noses.

    "Ceratology" would be the study of horns.

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    From "Thanatos", the ancient Greek personification of death – sort of like their version of the Grim Reaper.

    The study of fungus is mycology.

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    Epistemology
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    Cytology
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    It's the philosophical field of epistemology.

    Cytology is the study of cells.

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    Herpetology
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    Dipterology
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    It's herpetology.

    Dipterology is the study of flies.

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    It's speleology. As in "spelunking", or caving.

    The study of words is lexicology.

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    Cryptozoology
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    Cynology
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    It's cryptozoology.

    Cynology is the study of lovely, lovely dogs.

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    Atmology
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    Eschatology
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    It's eschatology, from a Greek word, "eschatos", meaning the last.

    "Atmology" is the study of certain vapours and is totally different.

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    Hippology
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    Hoppology
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    It's "hippology", as in hippodrome, hippopotamus, and so on.

    There's no such word as hoppology. We made it up.

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