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deltiology (del-tee-OL-uh-jee) noun

The study or collecting of postcards.

[From Greek deltion, diminutive of deltos (writing tablet) + -logy.]

"Floyd Jerdon is one of those people who would never confuse deltiology with scrutinizing college Greek week or studying deposits at the mouth of a river." Barbara Dempsey; Postcards Send Him Back to Another Time; South Bend Tribune (Indiana); Feb 2, 2003.

"(David) Brown, founder of the Institute of Deltiology, 300 W. Main Ave., has one of the largest postcard collections in North America." Collector to Exhibit Postcards on Nov. 12; The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania); Oct 31, 2002.

This week's theme: words about collecting and study of things.


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