Pronounced: SCREW-tuh-bull, adj

Notes: Another word that you can probably figure of the meaning of

Yesterday’s word

The word zoanthropy refers to “a mental disorder in which one believes oneself to be an animal”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

As noted, many jokes begin with “Doctor, doctor! My wife/husband/brother thinks he’s a (animal)”. Such a condition is described by our word. Our word starts with zo-, but it is really zoo- (living being; animal), but when combining with a word starting with a vowel, the second ‘o’ is dropped. It comes from the Greek word zôion (animal). It is combined with -anthropy, which comes from the New Latin word anthrōpia, which comes from the Greek word ánthrōpos (man, in the class sense, referring to a human being).

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