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Jun 19, 2020
This week’s theme
Words made with combining forms

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lithophone
aischrolatreia
henotheism
hyponym
geratology

geratology
“At your age, you really should be taking a lot more drugs with a Z in the name.”
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with Anu Garg

geratology

PRONUNCIATION:
(jer-uh-TOL-uh-jee))

MEANING:
noun:
1. The study of aging and related decline.
2. The study of a species approaching extinction.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek gerat- (old age) + -logy (study). Earliest documented use: 1884.

USAGE:
“She found herself working toward a degree in home economics, with a concentration in consumer services. She minored in geratology and has combined the disciplines to specialize in helping the elderly receive the products and services they need.”
Randy Gleason; ISU Degree at Long Last for ‘Old Gal’; Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois); May 8, 1993.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Having been unable to strengthen justice, we have justified strength. -Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (19 Jun 1623-1662)

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