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Ologies

Most of us who were around at the time, first heard 'ology' used as a word in its own right in a British Telecom television advertising campaign of 1987, when Beattie, played by Maureen Lipman, comforts her grandson (who's disappointed by his exam results): "You got an ology, you're a scientist!"

Despite Beattie's immortal words, not all ologies are all that scientific; hence the appearance of this page under General Knowledge.

Not all of them are ologies, either!

I've split them into two sections. In the first section you're given the ology and asked to name the subject, and in the second it's the other way round. Most of them can of course be asked either way round; these are just my suggestions for the best way to ask each one (depending on difficulty and/or preciseness of definition).

And – last but not least: if you must set questions on this subject, please make sure you know what you're asking. In November 2016 I was asked "Of what is 'spectrology' the study?" As one who did sciences to 'A' Level, I naturally answered "Colours". Incorrect: it's ghosts or apparitions.

The study of light dispersed according to its wavelength, by a prism, is of course more correctly called spectroscopy. Did the person who set the question know this? If so, then it's clearly a trick question and the setter should be ashamed of him or herself; if not ... well, ignorance is no excuse.

I naturally wanted to know who had decided that spectrology was even a word. According to the New Oxford Dictionary (2001 reissue), it isn't; but Chambers (13th edition, 2014) says it is – and it can mean the study of either ghosts or spectra.

It's also listed in several online dictionaries; The Free Dictionary, citing Collins (12th edition, 2014), defines it as "the study of spectres or spectra".

So I was right after all! "Colours" was, in the immortal words of Mike Wagstaffe (Webmaster of the Stockport Quiz League) "an equally acceptable answer". And Spectrology gets a listing on this page – but both answers are given.

Ology to Subject

Q: What is ... the study of? A:
Aetiology Click to show or hide the answer
Agrology Click to show or hide the answer
Aquaculture Click to show or hide the answer
Aurology Click to show or hide the answer
Campanology Click to show or hide the answer
Cardiology Click to show or hide the answer
Cereology Click to show or hide the answer
Chromatics or Chromatology Click to show or hide the answer
Conchology Click to show or hide the answer
Cryptology Click to show or hide the answer
Demography Click to show or hide the answer
Dendrology Click to show or hide the answer
Dermatology Click to show or hide the answer
Didactics Click to show or hide the answer
Ekistics Click to show or hide the answer
Entomology Click to show or hide the answer
Epistemiology Click to show or hide the answer
Ethology Click to show or hide the answer
Etymology Click to show or hide the answer
Genealogy Click to show or hide the answer
Gerontology Click to show or hide the answer
Graphology Click to show or hide the answer
Haematology Click to show or hide the answer
Heliology Click to show or hide the answer
Herpetology Click to show or hide the answer
Histology Click to show or hide the answer
Hoplology Click to show or hide the answer
Ichthyology Click to show or hide the answer
Lepidoptery Click to show or hide the answer
Lexicology Click to show or hide the answer
Limnology Click to show or hide the answer
Metrology Click to show or hide the answer
Mycology Click to show or hide the answer
Myology Click to show or hide the answer
Myrmecology Click to show or hide the answer
Nephology Click to show or hide the answer
Nephrology Click to show or hide the answer
Obstetrics Click to show or hide the answer
Oenology Click to show or hide the answer
Oncology Click to show or hide the answer
Oneirology Click to show or hide the answer
Onomastics Click to show or hide the answer
Oology Click to show or hide the answer
Ophidology Click to show or hide the answer
Optics Click to show or hide the answer
Orology Click to show or hide the answer
Osteology Click to show or hide the answer
Otology Click to show or hide the answer
Palaeontology Click to show or hide the answer
Pedology Click to show or hide the answer
Petrology Click to show or hide the answer
Phycology Click to show or hide the answer
Psephology Click to show or hide the answer
Rhinology Click to show or hide the answer
Selenology Click to show or hide the answer
Serigraphy Click to show or hide the answer
Somatology Click to show or hide the answer
Spectrology Click to show or hide the answer
Speleology (spelunking) Click to show or hide the answer
Taxonomy Click to show or hide the answer
Teratology Click to show or hide the answer
Toponymy Click to show or hide the answer
Tribology Click to show or hide the answer Click for more information
Trichology Click to show or hide the answer
Ufology Click to show or hide the answer
Vexillology Click to show or hide the answer
Zymurgy Click to show or hide the answer

Subject to Ology

Q: What word is used for the study of ... ? A:
Sound and its transmission Click to show or hide the answer
The forces exerted by air, or other gases, when in motion Click to show or hide the answer
Beauty Click to show or hide the answer
The structures of living organisms Click to show or hide the answer
Mankind (scientific study) Click to show or hide the answer
The motion of projectiles Click to show or hide the answer
The science of matter Click to show or hide the answer
Dance composition Click to show or hide the answer
The nature and origin of the universe Click to show or hide the answer
Very low temperatures Click to show or hide the answer
The practice of freezing human corpses in the hope of restoring them to life in the future Click to show or hide the answer
The search for animals whose existence is not recognised by mainstream zoology (e.g. the Loch Ness monster, yeti) Click to show or hide the answer
Control mechanisms and communications in machines and living creatures Click to show or hide the answer
Living cells Click to show or hide the answer
Dating things by counting tree rings Click to show or hide the answer
Teaching Click to show or hide the answer
Regulation of food intake and preparation Click to show or hide the answer
The behaviour of bodies under the action of forces that produce changes in motion Click to show or hide the answer
The interrelations between living organisms and their environment Click to show or hide the answer
Insects Click to show or hide the answer
Factors affecting the health and illness of populations; the incidence, extent and spread of communicable diseases Click to show or hide the answer
The efficiency of people in their working environment Click to show or hide the answer
Life beyond Earth Click to show or hide the answer
Gems and precious stones Click to show or hide the answer
Physiology and diseases of women Click to show or hide the answer
Blood diseases Click to show or hide the answer
Practical application of hydrodynamics to water pipes, etc. Click to show or hide the answer
Motion and equilibriums in a system partly or wholly fluid Click to show or hide the answer
Hydrodynamics when applied to a system not in equilibrium Click to show or hide the answer
The properties and distribution of water Click to show or hide the answer
Hydrodynamics of a system in equilibrium Click to show or hide the answer
The philosophy of law Click to show or hide the answer
Butterflies and moths Click to show or hide the answer
The weather Click to show or hide the answer
Sacred buildings (from the Greek word for a temple) Click to show or hide the answer
The anatomy, development and diseases of teeth Click to show or hide the answer
Diseases and surgery of the eye (and the visual pathways to and within the brain) Click to show or hide the answer
The chemistry of Carbon and its compounds Click to show or hide the answer
Correction of abnormalities in the teeth Click to show or hide the answer
The musculoskeletal system (branch of surgery concerned with) Click to show or hide the answer
Children's diseases (branch of medicine concerned with) Click to show or hide the answer
Life in the geological past Click to show or hide the answer
Seeds, spores and pollen Click to show or hide the answer
Unexplained phenomena ('things beyond the human mind') Click to show or hide the answer
Therapeutic use of mud or clay Click to show or hide the answer
Drugs, and their effects on man and other animals Click to show or hide the answer
Times of natural, seasonal events (e.g. appearance of flowers, migration of birds, shedding of leaves) Click to show or hide the answer
Sounds in speech Click to show or hide the answer
Study of character through the lumps and bumps of the head Click to show or hide the answer
Matter and energy, without reference to chemical change Click to show or hide the answer
Functions of the body Click to show or hide the answer
Continental drift and sea floor spreading Click to show or hide the answer
Political elections and trends therein Click to show or hide the answer
The human mind Click to show or hide the answer
Massaging the feet to treat dysfunction elsewhere in the body Click to show or hide the answer
Earthquakes Click to show or hide the answer
The study of signs and symbols, including the study of the symptoms of diseases Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Matter by investigating light, sound, or particles that it emits, absorbs or scatters Click to show or hide the answer
The classification of animals and plants into species, families, etc. Click to show or hide the answer
The structure and movement of the Earth's crust Click to show or hide the answer
Religion (especially Christianity) Click to show or hide the answer
Heat and temperature, and their relation to energy and work Click to show or hide the answer
In geography: the surface features of a place, region or object Click to show or hide the answer
In geometry: the properties of a figure that remain unchanged when the figure is bent or stretched; includes surfaces, knots, etc. Click to show or hide the answer
The nature and effects of poisons Click to show or hide the answer
The branch of geometry that studies the relationships between the angles of triangles and the lengths of their sides Click to show or hide the answer
Sound at frequencies above the limits of human hearing Click to show or hide the answer

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