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This week's theme: words formed using combining forms.

Trichology (tri-KOL-uh-jee) noun

Whom would you look for when caught in a hairy situation? I don't know about you, but I'd sure want an expert in trichology: the study and treatment of hair and its disorders.

Now, what should we call one who is an expert in trichology: tricho-something? Why pull your hair out for a mere word? Let's just call him a headmaster. If you do often get an urge to pull your hair out, here is a word for the affliction: trichotillomania. It comes from a Greek root meaning father or mother of a teen.

Seriously, the Greeks were really the root cause of all this madness: tricho- (hair), -logy (science, study), tillein (to pull out), and -mania (madness).

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Svenson [hair salon] claims, it is at the forefront of up-to-date trichology."
Susanna Tjokro; Pamper Yourself With Various Hair Treatments; The Jakarta Post (Indonesia); Jun 2, 2002.


There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life. -Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)

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