May 18, 2017
campanology (noun)
\kam-puh-NAH-luh-jee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: the art of bell ringing
How do you use it?
Fearing that they might eventually find themselves without anyone who knew how to ring their 200-hundred-year-old bells, the church council looked for a way to interest the youth in campanology.
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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