I was looking at Larry Brilliant's Twitter page, which had this:
- Name Larry Brilliant
- Location San Francisco
- Bio Philanthropedemiologist, President, Skoll Urgent Threats Fund; advisor to Jeff Skoll and Google
"What's a Philanthropedemiologist? What is Skoll Urgent Threats Fund?"
Of course, Macavity being the literary genius that she is responded immediately with this:
"My guess is a demi (half) specialist in the philanthropic realm of feet (or children). And this is biological in nature.
Regarding the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund - I think there's this guy called Skoll who is constantly being tormented by danger and terrible threats that come in times of least expectation. Brilliant I think supports his cause. More so since he is also a lover of man."
Of course, being the half-taught expert Etymologist that I am, I had to reply with this:
"So, a half specialist in children's feet?? I might think - philan from phile = love, and anthrope from anthropos = man, logist from logos = study, lover of mankind and ...someone who studied edemio, whatever edemio is."
(Quite makeshift, but not all that bad you have to admit :P)
Macavity faithfully followed with this response:
"I can't even find any definition for it on Google. Edemio. Could be the study of skin? Or demons?"
Since my friend had resorted to Google, I thought I'd follow suit and sent Macavity what I found:
"If you search for 'edemiologist' or 'edemiology' there seems to be scientist type people validly using it, but there is no wiki page or a dictionary type page for it. It has to do with some disease I believe. The closest I could get to was 'Edema' - some sort of medical condition where tissues swell up. And if I borrow the 'PE' from my previous 'Anthrope' - I would agree with you on the foot part becauyse then we'd have 'pede' - so when it comes to pedemiologist, does that mean a specialist in the swelling of the feet??"
Macavity's response to this:
"I'd be concerned if Larry Brilliant was a specialist in the swelling of feet. Is that what it takes to be a recognised Google person? Not so much the showcasing yourself - as much as showcasing yourself in swollen feet."
And I had nothing better to add so there ended this deep conversation. Perhaps you can do a better job?