Word of the Week 5

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Thanatology: The scientific study of death and the practices associated with it. Slightly morbid I know but chosen because it defeated four of us (all pretty well educated) at the pub quiz at the Clarendon, Hebden, Grassington, last weekend. Despite much brain wracking, we were completely unable to answer "what is thanatology?" Given my interest in etymology, I might have been able to work it out but for the fact that we couldn't think of any other words from the same root which is, for those as dull as me, thanatos, Greek for death.