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today's wwftd is... thanatology

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  • tsuwm2002
    the worthless word for the day is: thanatology [fr. Gk thanatos, death + –logy] the study of death and dying and of psychological mechanisms for coping with
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      the worthless word for the day is: thanatology

      [fr. Gk thanatos, death + –logy]
      the study of death and dying and of psychological
      mechanisms for coping with it; hence, thanatologist

      "The most disturbing issue that has arisen anew with
      thanatology is the problem of what to tell the terminal
      patient about his illness."
      - New Scientist, 2 Mar. 1972

      "He referred to himself as a "thanatologist."
      - Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir (2010)

      -tsuwm
      http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd
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