Yes folks, it’s time for another fun quiz from my puzzle-a-day desk calendar!
I was going to save this for Friday, but I just submitted a grant after much stress and panic and lost sleep,* so I could do with a little light relief, even as I get stuck in to the next big project.
This time the actual puzzle on the calendar was to match the -ology to the subject under study. I got all 21 right (using a process of elimination in a few cases), so the quiz is clearly too easy in this original form. Because all my readers are also highly intelligent people (with excellent taste), I’m therefore going to just ask you to define every -ology, without giving you the matching list of subjects to choose from. (It should still be easy, as some of my readers ARE some of these kinds of -ologist).
As before, answer in the comments in any order you like – but please submit only one answer per person per hour, to give as many people as possible a chance to play!
(AND NO GOOGLING!)
I’ll update the post with the answers and bragging rights as and when I get time, and I’ll add clues if there are any unanswered questions after a day or two.
- Agrology- Soil, as it relates to the growing of crops (Chall) – partial credit for Thomas Joseph, Antipodean, & Nat Blair
- Campanology – Bells (Stephen Curry)
- Cetology – Whales (Nat Blair)
- Cytology – Cells (ScientistMother)
- Dactylology – Sign language (Pika) – partial credit for Nico, Antipodean,
- Dendrology – Trees (Chall)
- Etiology – Causes / origins (Biochem Belle)
- Geomorphology – Tectonics / landforms (Scott) – partial credit (kinda) for Ruchi
- Lithology – Rocks / stones (Nat Blair)
- Meteorology – Weather (Biochem Belle)
- Metrology – Measurement (Schlupp)
- Mycology – Fungi (Ricardipus)
- Myology – Muscles (Nico (first to answer correctly) and Thomas Joseph (second, presumably independently!))
- Oology – Eggs (Nat Blair)
- Pomology – Fruit (Chall) – partial credit for Knutty Knitter
- Rhinology – Noses (Nat Blair)
- Selenology – Moon (Alyssa)
- Semiology – Signs (Lisbeth (first to answer correctly) and Pika (second, presumably independently!))
- Speleology – Caves (Chall) – partial credit for Ruchi
- Vulcanology – Volcanoes (Erika Cule)
The person with the most correct answers at the end of the quiz will be declared Ologyologist in Chief.
*the Adobe Acrobat issues I blogged about in my last post turned out to be the least of my problems yesterday. The networked drive, which the IT guys tell every new hire to save all their files to because it gets backed up every hour and has all kinds of redundancies built in and has never, ever, failed even once in the 6.5 (non-contiguous) years I’ve worked here, went down with all the grant files on it at about 3pm yesterday. Oh, and the head of IT is on vacation. It came back up at 5:30, and I only lost about 25 minutes worth of edits made since the last back-up, but there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Oh, and the actual proposal had to be pasted into a text box on the online submission form, FFS, and wouldn’t recognise the line breaks from the Word document until I double spaced them all and then deleted the extra spaces. I worked 12 hour days on Monday and Tuesday, and had to come in super early today to walk the Dean through the sign-off and submission procedure. But it is DONE!
After my experiences in my last job, though, I have to say that I much prefer to get stressed about things I actually care about, rather than product inserts and email campaigns. This is some seriously cool stuff, both scientifically and because it has the potential to significantly increase the speed and efficiency of the cancer drug development process. If I had to choose just one of the grants we’ve submitted this year to get funded I’d pick this one for sure, even though some of the other pending grants are for much more money. (Just don’t tell the department’s accountant I said that!)
Oh and yes, I do intend to drink some beers at Mr E Man’s birthday dinner tonight!