May 18, 2012
campanology (noun)
\kam-puh-NAH-luh-jee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: the art of bell ringing
How do you use it?
Noah first learned about campanology from his uncle who is an enthusiastic bell ringer.
Are you a word wiz?

What do you think was occurring around the time that the word "campanology" was first used in English?

Answer D rings true for us. "Campanology" first appeared in English in the 1800s, not too long before Alexander Graham Bell had telephones ringing. "Campanology" was coined as the word for bell ringing from the Latin word "campana," meaning "bell." Other words that come from "campana" are "campanile," the word for a usually freestanding bell tower, and "campanula," another name for the plant known as the "bellflower." At the other end of "campanology" we find the suffix "-logy." It means "oral or written expression" and "doctrine, theory, science," and comes from the Greek word "logos" meaning "speech, word, or reason."
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