words1Sciolism: [n] a pretentious display of superficial knowledge. From Late Latin sciolus (smatterer), diminutive of Latin scius (knowing), from scire (to know). Ultimately from the Indo-European root skei– (to cut or split), which also gave us schism, ski, shin, science, conscience, nice, scienter, nescient, exscind, and adscititious.

As usual, Harris’ reviews were more pontificating and sciolism than actual research and facts could account for.