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Misology vs mixology

  • Misology and mixology are two words that are very close in pronunciation and spelling, but have different meanings. We will examine the definitions of misology and mixology, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.


     

    Misology is a hatred of reason, a hatred of debate or a hatred of being free of ignorance. A misologist is one who hates reason or debate. The word misology is derived from the Greek word misologia, meaning hatred of words. The idea of misology is found in Plato’s Phaedo, which recalls the last hours of Socrates’ life and his suicide.

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    Mixology is the practice of mixing cocktails and other alcoholic drinks. One who performs mixology is a mixologist. The term mixologist to mean a bartender first appeared in the mid-1800s, though the term mixology first appeared in the mid-1900s, as a backformation of mixologist.

    Examples

    But it would be unfair to focus simply on President Schapiro, who is far from alone in defending misology.  (Forbes Magazine)

    Respect is due anyone who serves in the American military, theist or otherwise, but bad logic, lies, ahistoricity, misology, irrationality, truthiness and “feelings” don’t deserve respect. (The National Catholic Register)

    When anti-police misologists—a “misologist” was the word that the 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant used when referring to an enemy of reason—sound off about “police brutality,” they are referring to the police’s unjustified use of force. (FrontPage Magazine)

    Whatever you’re sipping, be it tea or one of Wooten’s mad scientist tea infusions or evolutionary mixology makings, you’ll agree that Cranford Tea Tavern can’t be categorized. (The Greeley Tribune)

    He will hold two sessions at the distillery during Mixology Night, where he will teach attendees how to make amazing cocktails with the distillery’s award-winning spirits and tasty ingredients. (The Press of Atlantic City)


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