"I beg your pardon?" I spluttered. "You study what?! That sounds like a tongue-twister."

She repeated it, and I asked what it meant.

"I study the cause of the naming conventions of insects."

What were her three fields of study?

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    $\begingroup$ Far too easy... $\endgroup$
    – Dr Xorile
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 20:06

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The professors mouthful must have been some working of the three fields:

Etiology (study of causes or origins);
Entomology (study of insects); and
Etymology (study of word origins)



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    $\begingroup$ As mentioned in XKCD 1012. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ You're an enigmatologist and a scholar $\endgroup$
    – humn
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 5:32

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