Saturday, November 21, 2009

Expert Ease


The adjective expert means experienced or skilled. It is heavily grounded in trying something for yourself, in hands-on learning, in personally putting something to the test. It comes from the Latin verb experiri, to try, to undergo thorough evaluation. This implies that the greatest experts have been trained in a heuristic way rather than merely being passive receptacles.

From time to time, I like to review exotic terminology for fields of expertise. Here are today’s offerings, with the field of expertise first, followed by the title of the expert*.

  • almonds: amygdalogist
  • breeding domesticated animals/plants: thremmatologist
  • cork: phellologist
  • dolls: planganologist
  • elections: psephologist
  • finger rings: dactyliologist
  • gestures: pasimologist
  • hotels: xenodocheionologist
  • keys: cagologist
  • lighthouses: pharologist
  • minerals: oryctologist
  • nonsense: morologist
  • peace: irenologist
  • quicksand: syrtologist
  • relics: lipsanologist
  • senility: nostologist
  • thunder: brontologist
  • ulcers: helcologist
  • values: axiologist
  • walnuts: juglandologist

    *Taken from my Word Parts Dictionary, 2nd Edition, pp. 249 – 260.
    Published by McFarland & Company, 2008.


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