Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vocabulary


Weird Word

Increase your vocabulary with not-very-common and/or not-frequently-used words.




Today's Weird Word is: noologist, and its pronunciation is: noo la jest.

Noologist is a noun meaning: the study of the human mind.


Who better to write a book about the mind than a noologist.




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19 comments:

  1. Thanks. I love your site for the great information.

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  2. Wow! That's a great word!! And thanks for the pronunciation too - I read it wrongly as in noo-oh-lo-gist!

    Take care
    x

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  3. Christine: Aww...thank you1

    Old Kitty: That's how I pronounced it too! Then when I checked the pronunciation I had to double-check it!

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  4. Great new word. It's always fun to see what new word you'll feature that I can add to my vocabulary, thanks.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  5. Yeah, I would have thought the same way you did re pronunciation. Crystal, where do you come up with these things? Love it.
    Karen

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  6. I love learning new words. This one is fun. I wonder if it's a noologist because we call our minds our noodles? Food for thought. Pardon the pun :)

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  7. CCP - Thanks! You are absolutely right about the value of using precise words, even if they aren't well-known. I like the word noologist just for that reason. I also like words such as cacophony, which is so much more precise and efficient than "a lot of loud noise."

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  8. Definitely a great word. When I was a kid, I'd keep a weird words in my notebook and then figure ways to use them in writing or speaking. Made for some interesting reactions, lol! I remember using the word supine once, in a writing exercise. I actually had a teacher's assistant come back with, "this is not a word" and then something about making up stories and not words. Points off on the story. I got a dictionary out and showed her. Don't tell me it's not a word, sheesh.

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  9. What a wonderful word! I confess it's new to me, but I intend to drop in casually into conversations.

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  10. Mason: My pleasure! I love weird/new words too!

    Karen: A lot of these I get from a site called, "Luciferous Logolepsy," It's an awesome site full of obscure words!

    Carol, Holly, Margot, Elspeth: It IS a neat word, isn't it? I try to find words you might be able to use in your writing...

    Sia: GREAT story! I'd love to know what the teacher said when you showed her the word in the dictionary!

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  11. That sounds like a career choice that will never be fulfilled!

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  12. So, psychologists study thoughts, and neurologists study the brain...So what is the mind? And why have I never met a nooligist?

    Great word! Thanks, Crystal.

    Michele
    Emily Dickinson biographer on SouthernCityMysteries

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  13. Alex: Right? Sure seems as though there would be a lot to it!

    Michele: A little more information – Dictionary.com states that noology is: the science of intellectual phenomena.

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  14. Love it! And I think my kids will love the way it sounds, even if the definition isn't quite as fun as the word!

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  15. Great word! May have to tease some people I know around here and call them noologist. Doesn't really apply to a person as a title but they won't know that and it will make them crazy...hehehe... ok feeling mischevious today. Can you tell?

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  16. Hey, GREAT word! And I love noology... though I would only consider myself an amateur noologist. teehee

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  17. Elizabeth: It IS a cool word, isn't it? And I agree, the definition is not nearly as fun as the word!

    CC: You'll definitely start a few interesting conversations!

    Hart: LOL! I think even noologists have to be amateurs, as well. There's a lot "to" the mind...

    I wanted to let everyone know that I spent some time researching this word. It's pronunciation really BUGGED me! I kept thinking of the word, "zoologist," which is pronounced ZOO-AH-LO-GIST. In my opinion, noologist should be pronounced with the same inflection and emphasis on the "AH."

    What I found is that there are conflicting *correct* pronunciations for this word, and NOO-AH-LO-GIST is one of them. So those of us who thought it should be pronounced that way, we can safely go around using that pronunciation!

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  18. I'll use it on Craig later and see if he knows it! Probably does - he's a walking dictionary.

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