today's wwftd is... thanatology
- 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)