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This week's theme: eponyms (words coined after people's names).
Cereologist (seer-ee-OL-uh-jist) noun
One who specializes in investigating crop circles.
Going by the countless varieties of cereals on the supermarket shelves, you'd think you have to be a cereologist to be able to select one. But it's not that. Rather, a cereologist is someone who studies crop circles, intricate circular patterns on crop fields.
The word is coined after Ceres, the goddess of agriculture in Roman mythology.
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"'Some formations bear no trace of a human hand,' says cereologist and electrical engineer Colin Andrews, who's studied thousands of circles." Victoria Marcinkowski; Crop Circles: Real or Hoax?; Science World (New York); Nov 18, 2002.
For blocks are better cleft with wedges, / Than tools of sharp or subtle edges, / And dullest nonsense has been found / By some to be the most profound. -Samuel Butler, poet (1612-1680)
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