"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Saturday, 30 October 2010



Philoprogenitiveness, from the Greek, means, 'love of offspring'. It is one of the mental faculties of phrenology, developed by Franz Joseph Gall. Philoprogenitiveness, classified phrenologically as an affective propensity, is determined by the formation of the very back of the head.

(Phrenology was the science, now generally discredited, which studied the relationships between a person's character and the morphology (structure) of the skull.)

1 comment:

  1. My husband used to laugh about the looooong German words. Now, I would have liked to show him this one :-)
    (Too late.)