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When Bob adds such a suffix as "-ologist" to make a study/profession out of what he's describing.
(permanent link) added: 2011-11-02 20:55:50 sponsor: GreatHylianKing (last reply: 2012-02-01 21:02:00)

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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.


  • 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.

  • 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."


  • "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
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