Cryptoscatology to Cryptoplotology

The other day I ran across this term: cryptoscatology.  It was coined by Robert Guffey on his blog of the same name.  I loved it when I saw it because, being an English teacher, I teach about prefixes and suffixes.  Using this knowledge, I enjoyed figuring out the meaning of this word.  It’s basically “the study of weird crap.”  Well, some people might not use crap.

I really wish there was a way to major in this and/or get a degree. It would especially fun to get a Ph. D. in Cryptoscatology because of the old joke “piled higher and deeper.”  I have already spent many years of my life in this field of study.  It saddens me there is no college credit for it.  Imagine the Masters and Doctoral theses that would be written about it!

Perhaps I can make an addition this lexicon.  I put forth the term: cryptoplotology.  This would be “the study of weird conspiracies.”  I’d make it a minor to my major in cryptoscatology.  I suppose others could major in it.  Here again, the possible theses that could be written for this field of study blow my mind.  I guess that isn’t sounding to academic or serious.  I’d find it astounding?

I may change my profiles to show my accomplishments in these areas.  Who could doubt me if I said I have a Ph. D. in either one?  Would I care about those who doubted me?  I say nay.

…and so it goes.


Published by: Kent A. Larson

Kent Larson was born in Phoenix, Arizona with a neurological condition known as Spina Bifida. He has partially paralyzed legs and uses a wheelchair to get around most places but uses a cane at home. He graduated from Camelback High School in Phoenix and moved the next day to Sandy, Utah where he would begin attending BYU. Having started with a Theater Directing major, he switched after his LDS mission to English Secondary Teaching. This change was precipitated by interest in a better job for raising a family. He married and has enjoyed thirty years with Melanie McKay. They were blessed with two sets of twins. Andrew and Erin are now twenty-seven. The younger set of twins are boys, not identical, Sean and Steven are twenty-two. Kent has been teaching secondary for nearly three decades since graduating with a BA in 1989 and still enjoys it. After teaching for ten years, he went back and got a Masters in Educational Leadership. He had flirted with idea of going into administration for the better pay but realized he would miss his students too much. He has taught all grades from seventh to twelfth. He enjoys teaching seventh grade the most because they are earlier on in their educations where it is easier to instill good habits in them. His interests include writing, reading, theater, movies, and many other forms of entertainment. He is often heard joking that he is only a "visitor" in this reality.

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