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A.Word.A.Day--polemology

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This week's theme: words about war.

polemology (po-luh-MOL-uh-jee) noun

The science and study of human conflict and war.

[From Greek, polemos (war) + -logy (study).]

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Polemology begins, in other words, with a frank recognition of the overpowering superiority of the strong over the weak, and thus of the likelihood of defeat." Simon Joyce; Resisting Arrest/Arresting Resistance; Criticism (Detroit); Spring 1995.

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Once upon a time a man whose ax was missing suspected his neighbor's son. The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief, and spoke like a thief. But the man found his ax while digging in the valley, and the next time he saw his neighbor's son, the boy walked, looked and spoke like any other child. -Lao-tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE)

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