PRONUNCIATION: (mis-oh-KY-nee-uh, mi-soh-)

MEANING: noun: A hatred of new ideas.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek miso- (hate) + -cainea (new). Earliest documented use: 1938.

MISO-CAINE - Japanese soup that numbs the back of your throat

MISS O'CAINEA - that Irish lass whose father had a boat named after him

ISO-CAINEA - the class of compounds with the same atomic composition as cocaine, but different in molecular structure