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From -o- (interconsonantal vowel) +‎ -logy.




  1. Alternative form of -logy, used for phonological reasons when the preceding morpheme ends in certain consonant sounds.
  2. (often humorous) added to an ordinary English word to create a name for a (possibly non-existent) field of study.
    • 1843, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, The Attache; or, Sam Slick in England:
      Qell, he knows all about mineralogy, and geology, and astrology, and every thing a'most, except what he ought to know, and that is dollar-ology.
    • 1857, Delia Bacon, The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakespeare Unfolded:
      ...so long as a mere human word-ology is suffered to remain here, clogging all with its deadly impotence...
    • 1916, Jack London, The Little Lady of the Big House:
      It seems he'd been making original researches in anthropology, or folk-lore-ology, or something like that.
    • 2010 October 17, Hadley Freeman, “Tattoos: what makes one spiritual and another Katona-esque?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Yet it is interesting to research the tattoo-ology of Katona right after a yoga class.

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