What does a spermologist collect?
#62097. Asked by danofloveland. (Jan 29 06 9:47 PM)
Today's word, spermologist, is not what you might think.|
spermologist – one who gathers seeds
This week's theme reveals a dirty little secret: dictionary-writers copy from each other. Even the Oxford English Dictionary includes several thousand words or meanings for which OED, having absolutely no example of the word actually being used in context, is relying solely upon other dictionaries. This week we are giving examples of such words.
Here are the OED citations for the words we've presented so far this week:
epulose: 1731 in BAILEY vol. II. 1847 in CRAIG; and in mod. Dicts.
queme: 1727 BAILEY vol. II, To Queme, as to queme a Thing into one's Hand, to put it in privately.
nexility: 1656 T. BLOUNT fastness, pithiness, compactness of speech. [1721 N. BAILEY ]
spermologist: 1727 BAILEY (vol. II), Spermologist, a Gatherer of Seed. 1755 JOHNSON, Spermologist, one who gathers or treats of seeds. [Hence in later Dicts.].
That being said:
By the way, a spermologist, as most of you already knew, is a person who collects little bits of trivia. Or seeds. But I wasn't talking about seeds.
However, I believe the preferred term for a collector of trivia is spermologer.
Spermologer: one who collects trivia.
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