Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Karoshi: (kah-ro-shi) noun: A term without an English equivalent that is used in English-speaking circles just the same. Karoshi is a Japanese term that describes a death occurring from overwork. The idea is that certain physical ailments that bring about death in a person can be directly attributed to overwork.

"Most people in the publishing industry are in grave danger of karoshi."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Xenology: zee-no-lo-ji (noun): The study of extraterrestrial life.

Despite the word's similarity to Xenu, the name given to an extraterrestrial tyrant who wishes to enslave humanity according to L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology, the word comes from the Greek: xenos means a foreigner or outsider and λογος (logos) meaning reasoning or explanation.

"I receive a number of proposals for books from those with an interest in xenology, but unfortunately we do not publish in that arena."