-ology, -logy, -ologist, -logist

(Greek: a suffix meaning: to talk, to speak; a branch of knowledge; any science or academic field that ends in -ology which is a variant of -logy; a person who speaks in a certain manner; someone who deals with certain topics or subjects)

The word -ology is a back-formation from the names of certain disciplines. The -logy element basically means "the study of ____". Such words are formed from Greek or Latin roots with the terminal -logy derived from the Greek suffix -λογια (-logia), speaking, from λεγειν (legein), "to speak".

The suffix -ology is considered to be misleading sometimes as when the "o" is actually part of the word stem that receives the -logy ending; such as, bio + logy.

Through the years -ology and -logy have come to mean, "study of" or "science of" and either of these suffixes often utilize the form of -ologist, "one who (whatever the preceding element refers to)".

The examples shown in this unit represent just a small fraction of the many words that exist in various dictionaries.

boustrophedon (s) (noun), boustrophedons (pl)
1. An ancient form of writing with lines alternately written left-to-right and right-to-left: "Boustrophedon is actually a philologists' techspeak and typesetters' jargon."

"Erudite or knowledgeable hackers use boustrophedons for an optimization performed by some computer-typesetting software and moving-head printers."
2. Etymology: from Greek, "turning as an ox in plowing" or "as the ox plows (ploughs)", from bous, "ox" + strephein, "to turn".

Someone who is a specialist in the science of foods.
1. A discourse about food.
2. The science of food.
3. The science of nutrition; dietetics.
brontology, brontological
1. The scientific study of thunder and thunderstorms.
2. That part of meteorology that deals with thunderstorms.
cacology (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
Bad speaking or pronunciation; socially unacceptable diction: Hester worked with a speech pathologist for many years to overcome her cacology so she could feel more comfortable when speaking in public.

Although Edgar's speech and language were acceptable in the isolated hill community where he grew up, his cacology caused him a lot of embarrassment when he went away to college.

The medical specialty dealing with the heart and blood vessels.
cardiologists lexicomedy (s) (noun), cardiologists lexicomedies (pl)
1. A flutter of cardiologists.
2. A click of cardiologists.
3. A fibrillation of cardiologists.
cariology (kar" ee AHL oh jee)
The study of dental caries and cariogenesis.
Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "talk, speak, speech; words, language; tongue, etc.": cit-; clam-; dic-; fa-; -farious; glosso-; glotto-; lalo-; linguo-; locu-; logo-; loqu-; mythico-; ora-; -phasia; -phemia; phon-; phras-; Quotes: Language,Part 1; Quotes: Language, Part 2; Quotes: Language, Part 3; serm-; tongue; voc-.