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The Quandary for today, Tuesday, March 03, 2015, consists of:
  • defervescence
  • beey
  • thanatology
  • variorum
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

The abatement of a fever.
  1. (informal, rare) Reminiscent of or containing bees.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for March 03, 2015 is:

thanatology • \than-uh-TAH-luh-jee\  • noun
: the description or study of the phenomena of death and of psychological mechanisms for coping with them

One of the seminal texts on thanatology is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s On Death and Dying, which outlines the five stages of grief.

"In her eight-week yoga for grief course, Stang … uses her background in thanatology—the scientific study of death, dying and bereavement—to educate participants about death and normalize their experiences." — Anna Medaris Miller, U.S. News & World Report, January 7, 2015

Did you know?
In Greek mythology, Thanatos was the personification of death and the twin brother of Hypnos (Sleep). The ancient Greeks eventually came to use thanatos as a generic word for "death." Thanatology is a direct linguistic heir of the Greek term and was first documented in English in the mid-1800s. As a science, thanatology examines attitudes toward death, the meaning and behaviors of bereavement and grief, and other matters. In 1935, the word thanatos itself made its debut in English, ushered in with psychoanalytic theory to describe an unconscious tendency toward self-destruction.

variorum: containing different versions of the text by various editors.

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