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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 43, October 25, 2009, Article 23

VOCABULARY WORD: NUMISMATISM

This summer I consulted at a company in Warrenton, VA. The owner and employees were great fun to work with. I forget how the subject of my hobby came up, but at lunch one day I gave them a lesson in the pronunciation of word "numismatist".

I thought they'd long forgotten about it until another day when I mentioned something about filling out insurance forms. Someone asked whether my "numismatism" qualifies as a pre-existing condition. Good question - it's unquestionably a disease, but are numismatists made or born? And if there were a cure, how many of our spouses would beg the doctor to make us normal?

Wayne Homren, Editor

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