Glossary

Under development

When you want to design a new economy you obviously need some new words to go with it. Through various experiments, gatherings, workshops and courses, we are accumulating a glossary of words to help shape new subjectivities and ways of speaking for a new economy. We are planning to make this a project in itself and so until then this page is underdevelopment.


etymology ˌɛtɪˈmɒlədʒi/ noun

  1. the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.

    • "the decline of etymology as a linguistic discipline"
  2. the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.

    • "the etymology of the word ‘devil’"

plural noun: etymologies

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French ethimologie, via Latin from Greek etumologia, from etumologos ‘student of etymology’, from etumon, neuter singular of etumos ‘true’.


aetiology ˌiːtɪˈɒlədʒi/ noun

  1. (Medicine) the cause, set of causes, or manner of causation of a disease or condition.

    • "the importance of sunlight in the aetiology of melanoma"
  2. the causation of diseases and disorders as a subject of investigation.
  3. the investigation or attribution of the cause or reason for something, often expressed in terms of historical or mythical explanation.

nomenclature nə(ʊ)ˈmɛŋklətʃə,ˈnəʊmənˌkleɪtʃə/ noun

  1. the devising or choosing of names for things, especially in a science or other discipline.

    • "the Linnean system of zoological nomenclature"
  2. the body or system of names used in a particular specialist field.

    • "the students found it hard to decipher the nomenclature of chemical compounds"
  3. (formal) the term or terms applied to someone or something.

    • "‘customers’ was preferred to the original nomenclature ‘passengers’"

plural noun: nomenclatures

Origin: early 17th century: from French, from Latin nomenclatura, from nomen ‘name’ + clatura ‘calling, summoning’ (from calare ‘to call’).


taxonomy takˈsɒnəmi/ noun

  1. the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.
  2. the classification of something, especially organisms.

    • "the taxonomy of these fossils"
  3. a scheme of classification.

    • "a taxonomy of smells"

plural noun: taxonomies