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 Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
I have always been suspicious of the word orientation itself. ...


A. actually did ponder that, wondering why "oriention" is not standing in, just as "workic" should be. There should be considerable lamention over this.

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I'd have thought that a peevologist is one who practices peevology, being merely the art or science of peeving.

-joe (adding another peeve to the collection) friday

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So, someone who collects peeves would be a peevemeister? peevehead? peeveophile? :0)

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English anthology (calqued in Latin as florilegium) 'a collection of epigrams' < Greek ανθολογια (anthologia). So, philology can only mean 'the study of love'? It means something more along the lines of 'love of words'. Compound words are almost as tricky as any other kind of collocation: ancient history teacher anybody?

beppo beppino (the grammatical cynic) venerd́

[Derhotacized one word.]

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>So, philology can only mean 'the study of love'? It means something more along the lines of 'lover of words'

shirley, beppo, you meant here philologist for 'lover of words'; these things aren't *that* tricky. ;-)

-joe (pettifogulizing) friday

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 Originally Posted By: tsuwm
I'd have thought that a peevologist is one who practices peevology, being merely the art or science of peeving.


Literally it must mean 'the study of peeves'. Some tactical display equipment is said to have 'symbology', which looks like variously shaped markers but is really the study of symbol [even gets a spell-check hit].

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  • Webster's 1913: "The art of expressing by symbols." (link).
  • A-H: "1. The study or interpretation of symbols or symbolism. 2. The use of symbols." (link).
  • Merriam-Webster's online: " 1: the art of expression by symbols; 2: the study or interpretation of symbols; 3: a system of symbols." (link).
  • COED online: "1. the study or use of symbols. 2. symbols collectively." (link).

The resistance of even an uncommon word to a single meaning is refreshing.


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 Originally Posted By: Aramis
Literally it must mean 'the study of peeves'.

That was why I thought the word applied more correctly to zmjezhd than to those who express the peeves in the first place, the peevers or peevophiles. He certainly is a professor of peevology in that sense, as he collects, studies, analyses and critiques various peeves.

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For those who object to back-formations, such as orientate and burgle, nota bene that peeve is such a one from peevish.

Regarding the ubi nasus Sphingis est? of a parallel thread, I am reminded of the strange little man who collects noses in Greenaway's masterful Belly of the Architect. A short history of the word peevologist and its meaning(s): (link).


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Speaking of verbing nouns, what do folk think of "re-partnered" - a word I came across today in a newspaper article in the sentence:
"She said there was strong evidence to suggest women with low desire regained their interest in sex when they re-partnered."

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