Created By: GreatHylianKing on November 2, 2011 Last Edited By: GreatHylianKing on September 12, 2016

Whateverologist

When Bob adds such a suffix as "-ologist" to make a study/profession out of what he's describing.

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"This is what I wanna do with my life, Dad! Why can't you believe in me???"

No, studying potatoes is not actually a job (I think?). Sorry. But, you can still add "-ologist" to the end of the word to make it SOUND like you know what you're talking about! (Note: Results may vary. You will quite likely sound LESS intelligent this way.)

Typically used as a comedic element, this is when Alice says, in place of "someone who studies the website TV Tropes", that she would like to become a "TV Tropeiologist". Epic job, if you ask me.

Compare to Whatevermancy, Fictional Field of Science, and Buffy Speak.


Examples:

Film
  • In The Boondock Saints, FBI Agent Paul Smecker claims to be an expert in "Nameology" after Detective Dollypoposkallius expresses amazement that he said his name right.

Literature
  • There is "Headology" mentioned in the Discworld novels, starting in "Equal Rites", and continuing through all subsequent ones.
  • "Harry Potter" has two such jobs; Herbologist, a popular fantasy version of/counterpart to Botanist, and Magizoologist, a unique invention of the series and fantasy counterpart to the Zoologist.
  • In "Cryptid Hunters" and "Tentacles", Travis Wolfe is a Cryptozoologist, or someone who studies mythical creatures.

Live-Action Tv
  • Averted: Staanz from Far Scape once claimed to be a "Garbologist, a connoisseur of what other people throw away". Garbology, however, is a Real Life field of study. Go figure.
  • In iCarly: Spencer: "...I'll be speaking Japanese better than a... Japanese-iologist."

Music

Poetry
  • "The Frogologist" by Brian Patten

Web Comics
  • Munchkin Red Mage in Eight Bit Theater pretends to be an expert in many things, and sometimes uses this trope to get the point across.

Western Animation
  • In an episode of The Simpsons called "The Monkey Suit", a guy testifying against evolution in court claims to have "a PHD in Truthology from Christian Tech".
  • In Spongebob Squarepants: "...Wumbology, the study of Wumbo? It's first-grade, Spongebob!"
  • In Futurama, Dr. Zoidberg claims to have Correspondence Course degrees in "Murderology" and "Murderonomy".

Real Life
  • "Scientology" translates to "The Study of Knowing" in Latin.

TV Tropes
Community Feedback Replies: 51
  • November 2, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .Probably better off as Whatever Job Description or just Whateverologist. The first-person personal pronoun is going to get this cut faster than you can say "I'm a Troperologist".
  • November 3, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .* In The Boondock Saints, FBI Agent Paul Smecker claims to be an expert in "Nameology" after Detective Dollypoposkallius expresses amazement that he said his name right.
  • November 3, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .*In the Simpsons episode "The Monkey Suit", a guy testifying against evolution in court claims to have "a PHD in truthology from Christian Tech".
  • November 3, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .*[[Munchkin Red Mage]] in Eight Bit Theater pretend to be an expert in a lot of thing, and sometimes use this trope to prove these.
  • November 3, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
  • November 3, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
  • November 3, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .@AFP Is the Boondocks an Anime or TV show?

    @Violet Orange What episode/strip?

    @Duncan What form of media is this?

    @Auxdarastrix *Musicalologist. not Musicologist.
  • November 3, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .Staanz from Farscape claimed to be a "garbologist, a connoisseur of what other people throw away."
  • November 4, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .^^The Boondock Saints is Film; not to be confused with The Boondocks which is Newspaper Comics and/or Western Animation.
  • November 4, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .^^ @fulltimeD: Garbology is also a Real Life field of study.
  • November 4, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .^@Arivne: Well, you learn something new every day.
  • November 4, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .*Spongebob Squarepants: "Wumbology, the study of wumbo? It's first-grade, Spongebob!"
  • November 4, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    Scientology, which in Latin translates as "the study of knowing." I don't know if you want to put that up as an example though.
  • November 6, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .^^Aw, man, the Wumbology example totally slipped my mind.
  • November 6, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .There's a poem by Brian Patten called "The Frogologist".
  • November 6, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    .*On Futurama, Dr. Zoidberg claims to have correspondence course degrees in Murderology and Murderonomy.
  • November 6, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    ."Headology" in the Discworld novel "Maskerade".
  • November 6, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    And... Bang. Just finished adding all of it.

    Any objections?
  • November 7, 2011
    Arivne
    @Great Hylian King: If you edit someone else's post and change any part of it, you put your own name on it as the author.

    To avoid this, when you copy something from someone else's post don't change anything in it and the authorship won't change.
  • November 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Even if you don't change it, if you click "enter changes" that changes the author. Click the edit button again to close without saving.

    Open the ykttw in a new window and click the "show all markup" button at the top to capture a bunch at once.
  • November 7, 2011
    DaibhidC
    Quick note on the Discworld example: it's not just Maskerade; "headology" first gets mentioned in Equal Rites, and in most of the subsequent Witches books.
  • November 8, 2011
    Konoka
    "Jap-alphabet-iologist?" There are so many things wrong with that example. Besides, isn't this usually done as just "[word]-ologist"?
  • November 8, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • November 9, 2011
    Glixinator
    Harry Potter has two such jobs; a) Herbologist, a popular fantasy version of/counterpart to the botanist, and b) Magizoologist, a unique invention of the series and fantasy counterpart to the biologist.
  • November 9, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    ^ I'll put that under "Literature" since Magizoology is only mentioned in the books (I think)

  • November 14, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    BUMP...

  • November 14, 2011
    Megaptera
    An episode of Home Improvement has two of the boys playing Scrabble. One plays the word MELON and the other adds OLOGY, defending "melonology" by defining it as the study of guys named Mel.
  • November 21, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    Bump?
  • November 21, 2011
    ading
    "Cryptozoologist" is a real word, whether you respect the field of not, and Scientology is a religion, not a field of study.
  • December 6, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    @ading Since Cryptozoologist is not an actual field of study that you take school for, I don't think it matters if it is a word. All the trope requires is that the field of study isn't an actual field of study. Same for Scientology, though I'll admit I'm pushing it with that example. I'll take that off if I get more complaints about it.
  • December 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Ned: Hey, anybody mind if I serve as bartender? I have a Ph.D. in mixology.
    Moe: scoffs Pfft. College boy.
    --The Simpsons, "War of the Simpsons"
    Do note though that while "mixology" is a real -ology, Ned is just being facetious about having a Ph.D., even though Moe takes him seriously.
  • December 8, 2011
    SchrodingersDuck
    Comics Alliance ran a recap of the Batman movies called "remedial Batmanology", and their writer Chris Sims is always addressed as "Senior Batmanologist" when writing about Batman.
  • December 10, 2011
    Vyctorian
    Lampshaded in Eureka during their first Christmas Episode with the "Santa-ologist".

    Also cyptozoology is a real study, degree or no degrees for it.
  • December 30, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    I swear guys, I'm gonna get around to adding all of these eventually...

    Also, BUMP.
  • December 30, 2011
    Generality
    Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's books is a "symbologist", a title that makes some amount of sense but doesn't exist in the real world because such a broad field of study would never be required. (In practice, he's a historian)
  • February 1, 2012
    GreatHylianKing
    Hows about a BUMP?
  • February 1, 2012
    Glyndwr
    ADVERT "You're an ologist? You are a Scientist!"
  • February 1, 2012
    LeeM
    ^ The above is from a British ad in which a jewish grandma (Maureen Lipman) is on the phone to her grandson who's upset about not passing any exams except (IIRC) Sociology. The line is actually, "You got an Ology? You're a scientist!" I believe Lipman even used You Got an Ology? as the title of a book.
  • July 3, 2016
    Aubren
    This title & laconic goes fantastically with that comment on Cryptozoology Is Paranormal. (They were saying cryptozoologists don't exist, it's just fanatics throwing the label around.)
  • July 4, 2016
    DAN004
    Description needs work.

    It's good to mention that "-ology" means "study of" and "-ologist" means "an researcher of".
  • July 4, 2016
    NateTheGreat
    In My Fair Lady Pickering coins the word "imposterologist" to describe Zoltan Karpathy.
  • July 4, 2016
    Generality
    Played seriously in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and sequels, in which the protagonist is a "symbologist", which is taken to mean a researcher of cultural symbolism. The actual term for this field of study is semiotics.
  • July 5, 2016
    DAN004
    In general this can have a serious use and a comic use.
  • September 6, 2016
    DAN004
    Bump, might be taking over this
  • September 6, 2016
    Snicka
    A little context to the Discworld example: Headology is a branch of witchcraft, the art of psychological manipulation (i.e. messing with people's heads, hence the name). It doesn't involve any actual magical spells, only well-chosen words. Granny Weatherwax is an expert in it.
  • September 6, 2016
    DustSnitch
    ^^^^ That The Da Vinci Code example applies to all of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels.
  • September 11, 2016
    BreadBull
    Doctor Who's 2008 (I think) Christmas Special features an alien who is an expert in "Earthology". Except he doesn't and believes the UK goes to war with Turkey each year and eats the people there.
  • September 11, 2016
    Snicka
    "In "Cryptid Hunters" and "Tentacles", Travis Wolfe is a Cryptozoologist, or someone who studies mythical creatures. " - this example does not pass, as Cryptozoology is a real word, not made up for those books. It should either be listed under Real Life, or completely omitted.
  • September 11, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ technically Cryptozoologist is studier of ancient creatures like dinosaurs or mammoths, right?
  • September 11, 2016
    Snicka
    ^ No, that's Paleontologist. A Cryptozoologist studies creatures that are somehow "hidden" from science, i.e. rumored to exist but there is no evidence, such as Bigfoot Sasquatch And Yeti or Stock Ness Monster (as well as some creatures that are extinct, but some believe they are still alive). They mostly collect the little possible evidence for these creatures - but since the majority of their studies is just speculation that is impossible to verify, it is usually considered a pseudoscience. Read more here.
  • September 12, 2016
    sablesword
    Literature
    • In Fuzzy Sapiens, Victor Grego promotes Ernst Mallin into the just-created position of Chief Fuzzyologist for the Charterless Zarathrustra Company.
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