PRONUNCIATION: (a-puh-FEE-nee-uh)

MEANING: noun: The perception of connections or meaning in unrelated or random phenomena.

ETYMOLOGY: From German Apophänie, from Greek apo- (away, off, apart) + phainein (to show). Earliest documented use: around 1980. Apophenia is the general term -- pareidolia is an example of apophenia.

APO-PHRENIA - the delusion of thinking one is a simian primate

APOPHONIA - the diagnosis for a ventriloquist whose "thrown" voice comes from a great distance

A "POP" HERNIA - what comes eventually from a weakness of the inguinal region