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Geek Week of Words, Day 3

October 19, 2007

With no further ado: hagiology

–noun, plural –gies for 2, 3.
1. the branch of literature dealing with the lives and legends of the saints.
2. a biography or narrative of a saint or saints.
3. a collection of such biographies or narratives.

Though I’m not Catholic, Greek or Russian Orthodox, or Episcopalian I find myself fascinated by saints.

And another bit of information to accompany this word, October 19 is saints day for St. Isaac Jogues and John de Brébeuf and Companions.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Angeleen permalink
    October 19, 2007 6:57 pm

    Wow!

    They don’t get more obscure or archaic than that one!

    Good work! 🙂

    Nice little piece of trivia about you, also. You are probably fascinated by saints *because* you’re not Catholic… otherwise you’d probably be sick of ’em!

  2. Angeleen permalink
    October 19, 2007 6:57 pm

    Wow!

    They don’t get more obscure or archaic than that one!

    Good work! 🙂

    Nice little piece of trivia about you, also. You are probably fascinated by saints *because* you’re not Catholic… otherwise you’d probably be sick of ’em!

  3. Anonymous permalink
    October 19, 2007 7:49 pm

    Interesting word! I don’t think I have ever heard it.
    Mom

  4. Lisa permalink
    October 19, 2007 8:17 pm

    You’re probably right, Angeleen, although some of the Catholics I know are still very interested in them.

    I have to admit that I couldn’t remember how to spell the word or even what it meant, it was just floating around up there in my cranial vacuum.

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