Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Today's Word: Poliosis

Here's a word for all you Anderson Cooper fans out there:

Poliosis (pah-lee-OH-sis) means "grayness or whiteness of the hair, especially if it's premature." Poliosis comes from the Greek polios meaning "gray."

That same Greek root colors the English word polio, a shortened form of poliomyelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord's "gray matter."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad I found you through BlogHer..my blog is still too new so I'm not listed there yet.

But I love linguistics and language changes and have been trying to grapple consistently with the new words and ideas that are evolving with the warp speed tech/new media changes. I play around a lot with words and meanings.

Cheers, noospherically speaking.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous gnat said...

I welcome this word to my vocabulary but I do not appreciate spending big bucks monthly to hide the grey!

6:45 PM  
Blogger sunbelt said...

such a severe word for a benign condition. alto, poliosis is usually associated with the development of patches of white hair and skin due to the loss of pigment, genetic or otherwise.

link graying hair with wisdom? in the tv media, perhaps.

A great word for the adorable, openly closeted gay, tv reporter Anderson Cooper - Newfound Gravitas. oh, that's two words.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Noospherically! Love it!

Welcome, anonymous. Hope you'll come back and also check out our language-loving show at www.kpbs.org!

10:22 AM  

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