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  •  It's volcanology, not vulcanology (7+ / 0-)

    And it's volcanologist, not vulcanologist.

    While some references suggest either term is OK, current usage is far more common with volcanology and volcanologist.

    Vulcanology is kind of jarring -- it looks like the study of Star Trek.  

    •  I thought the u came in when you added the Ology (4+ / 0-)

      My bad.  Now I have to go look it up.

      I would be sort of surprised if anyone would mistake it for the study of Star Trek characters. I love that series and all, but still...

      •  My initial search showed these to be inter- (2+ / 0-)
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        changeable. I even saw a blog by a person who called themselves a vulcanologist and a geologist.

        I am thoroughly confused now.

        •  I have no doubt you did (0+ / 0-)

          But I invite you to look at usage by the USGS as well as the major academic institutions in the USA and UK.  I believe you will find that volcanology is uniformly used.

          And volcanology is a branch of geology. Similar to my field: hydrogeology.

          •  I am looking at the Random House Dictionary (6+ / 0-)

            Of the English Language, the unabridged version, and it shows them to be interchangeable.

            I understand what you are saying, I simply used the older version of the word. It's not unheard of because I am getting old myself, and this is the word I distinctly remember from elementary school. I did attend a public school in a poor state--so we were lucky our books were not scrolls or clay tablets.

            The reason that Vulcan and Volcanoes are related, is that Vulcan was a Roman god that lived in a Volcano. So Volcanoes are named for this classical god and not Mr Spock.  See also Hephaestus, the Greek equivalent who was wed to Aphrodite.

            Both were patrons of metallurgy and craftsmanship dealing with fire/heat.

            So Vulcanized Rubber was named this way, because to harden rubber one needed heat and sulphur. Two items known to be in and near volcanoes.  

            I realize this irks you, but it's not incorrect. I have no trouble personally delineating between Vulcanism and the study of Mr Spock. One deals with actual processes here on earth, and the other involves an imaginary character played by the actor Leonard Nimoy.

            •  Yes -- I took Greek Mythology and Greek Literature (2+ / 0-)
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              in college -- it was how I helped fulfill my humanities requirement.  Glad I did, too: references to the stories and various entities are vary common in our culture.

              As for the Random House dictionary, I suppose one might consult a general dictionary rather than, say, look to what actual experts in the field tend to call their endeavor.  That's certainly your prerogative.

              I wonder: do you take a horseless carriage when you need to go to the aerodrome or do you prefer the omnibus?

              •  I might. It depends upon the person in the (3+ / 0-)

                conveyance. ;)

                Nothing personal Mr Bass.

                Newt Gingrich, Eric Cantor, and several other talking heads who would drag us back to the pseudo-Victorian Golden Age with their beliefs about womerns--Yes, those people travel about in horseless carriages.

                I think what irks me about this conversation, is that I did look this up after being questioned.

                I looked it up on conventional sites that did not indicate that Volcanologist [which btw appears to be misspelled according to the computer elves that check spelling] whereas Vulcanologist  is not highlighted.

                Vulcanism is correct by computer, but Volcanism is also correct. Vulcanology is highlighted, but Volcanology is also highlighted as misspelled. That's not confusing at all.

                So you sort of have me at a disadvantage here.

                Conventional sites indicate these are interchangeable and the computer spell check, highlights the word claimed to be the *Most correct as misspelled.

                And I remember using the word and reading the word Vulcanism and thinking that was strange given the switching of the O with a U and then thinking--oh well, English is weird!

                So I did my poor best. Perhaps the Scientists should petition for Merriam Websters and other Dictionary sites to fix this. List Vulcan--as the archaic form or for chemical processes exclusively and notify the rest of us that the other spelling is preferred or accepted.

        •  I like the "u". At first, I thought of trekies. (1+ / 0-)
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          I didn't know the word, either spelling, so I learned a lot reading this diary.

          BTW, Mr. Bass sounds a bit like Mr. Spock, which may explain why he prefers you don't employ the letter, "u":

          There is an error in your spelling.
          You have made a common spelling fallacy, which it would seem, is rather common in humans.
          Allow me to explain where you have gone wrong...

          Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

          by CIndyCasella on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:55:40 AM PST

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      •  Maybe you learned about vulcanization (2+ / 0-)
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        in elementary school - a chemical process dealing with rubber....

        The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

        by ybruti on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:36:30 AM PST

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    •  Greek/British spelling is acceptable (1+ / 0-)
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      We promise not to get confused.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:12:52 PM PST

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