philology \fi-LOL-uh-jee\ noun; 1. Obsolete. the love of learning and literature. 2. the study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning.
cat’s-paw \KATS-paw\ noun; Nautical. a. a hitch made in the bight of a rope so that two eyes are formed to hold the hook of one block of a tackle. b. a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a comparatively small area. c. the small area ruffled by such a breeze.