If you’re ever stuck for a story, why not start with an ology? There are hundreds of these ‘subjects of study’ to choose from.
Some are well-known:
Some are less familiar but respectable enough:
- Conchology – the study of shells
- Pomology – fruit-growing
- Algology – algae (there once lived a family of leaf moulds …).
Some are more surprising:
- Phrenology -the study of skull shape to determine character
- Pachydermatology – elephant skin
- Uredinology – types of rust
- Argyrothecology – moneyboxes.
And if none of those is weird enough, you can always invent your own:
- Lessology – the study of why ripped jeans and bikinis cost more than whole trousers and swimming costumes.
- Notmeology – the study of chocolate biscuits that disappear from the cupboard all by themselves.
- Snootology – the study of viewing other people’s houses by pretending to estate agents that you want to buy them. Not to be confused with Snottology.
- Or Ologyology: the study of studying. Rubbish idea for a story – though not a bad name for this guy.