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See also: ology



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.

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  • 1843: Thomas Chandler Haliburton, The Attache; or, Sam Slick in England - well, 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.