Monthly Archives: July 2011

Areas of study

Areas of study is the topic of this post.

I just did a post on some of the different types of fears
and phobias people have.

Topic that can be studied go far beyond, “what’s your

Here is a partial list of areas of interest and their formal name.

Bells  = campanology

Clocks  = horology

Happiness   eudemonies

War   =   poleomogy

Soil   = pedology

Pornography  =  coprology

Saints  =  hagiography

Moss = bryology

Origins and forms of proper names  =  onomostics

Puzzles  =   enigmatology

Wine and winemaking  =  oenology

And of course the study of UFOs is ufology

Phobias — what are you afraid of?

Fears—we all have them to some degree.  Types of fears are numerous.  Some people are afraid of things I never thought of.

Here are some varieties of fears that may interest you. Is
your phobia listed here?

Fear of choking   —  prigophobia

Fear of work  —  ergophobia

Fear of lawyers  —  ipsophobia

Fear of marriage – gametophobia

Fear of old age – geraschophobia

Fear of worms – helminthophobia

Fear of poverty – perniaphobia

and lastly fear of money is chrometophobia.

What is your fear?  Do you know the name for it?i

I am afraid that is the end of this post.

Planking Do you do it?

Planking? I am always the last to know about a new fad, I guess. This fad is an activity consisting of rigidly lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location.

Proper technique dictates that the hands must touch the sides of the body.  Extra credit is given for picking an original location to plank on.  And of course, you
must have someone take your picture as you plank.  I guess this begs the question, if one planks in the forest, and now one is around, is it really planking?

One is imitating  wooden plank—get it?

Sometimes planking is called the lying down game.    How original!

The origins of the act of planking is in dispute. Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon claim they came up with the idea in 1997.  Tom Green, the comedian, says he invented the sport (?) in 1994.

I’ll just stick to tried-and-true couch surfing.

There is a  Facebook page dedicated to planking.  You  can even buy a planking t-shirt, although this is not required to do the  act.

The planker in the pictures is my nephew Dante.

Also, there is a  website for planking also.

Tattoos — or is it tatoos

Tattoos interest me.  I have come to realize that most people get them for a specific reason or to commemorate someone or something.  It took me more than 60 years to figure out all this.

One of the nightmares of tattooing is words that are misspelled.  A blog I read regularly is called Ugliest Tattoos.  It came to mind when I saw a recent ad on Craiglist for a tattoo business–or at least a guy who does tats.  He said in the short paragraph that he charges by the “peace.”  I don’t know the price of peace but I assume it is high.  I would be sure my next tattoo is by someone who know the difference between peace and piece.  YIKES!

Turns out spelling and tattoos don’t always go together.

In general, it seems some tattoo artists can’t tell when to use your vs. you are. Same goes for lose and loose.  A few got inked when they didn’t know that “To young to die” is not grammatically correct.

Other made up tattoo words include tomarrow, tradgety, juge and choise.

On the Ugliest Tattoo sight there are pictures of someone who got the Serenity Prayer on their side   Part of it said “to except the things I cannot change.” Another had a female declaring herself a “contry girl.”

Other spelling blunders on tattoos include an extra L in faithfulness, misspelling truly (adding an E), tacking a leading W or reckless.  One poor chap declared on large letters on his back that he was AWSOME!

Today’s words of wisdom are to take a dictionary with you when you get a tattoo.

Piece out baby!