• The study of stupidity is called 'monology'
  • When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel) the new word is called a "portmanteau"
  • Mummies, are so called because of the wax (or 'mum' ) which is smeared on to the bandages for waterproofing
  • The search for the existence of ghosts is Eidology
  • Hydroponics is the technique by which plants are grown in water without soil
  • The process of mountain formation or upheaval is orogeny
  • A "pogonip" is a heavy winter fog containing ice crystals
  • The permanent teeth that erupt to replace their primary predecessors (baby teeth) are called succedaneous teeth
  • The study of word origins is called etymology
  • Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was born in the ancient southeastern Turkish town of Lycia early in the fourth century