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Word of the day

Egnorance: The egotistical combination of ignorance and arrogance. First coined by Burt Humburg Reed Cartwright to describe Michael Egnor, neurosurgeon, ID-flak, and no-nothing (at least when it comes to biology).


  1. #1 Reed A. Cartwright
    March 10, 2007

    Actually, I came up with that coinage in an email to Burt, suggesting that he consider the title that you see on his post. Someone else, who shall remain nameless, came up with the snark “egnorance”.

  2. #2 Burt Humburg
    March 10, 2007

    Oh, come on Reed, credit where credit’s due. I was the one who typed it in.

    Reed’s right and he does get credit for the title idea. Actually, the entire post was a group effort. Maybe I organized it and added a few thoughts of my own, but much props goes to PTers for making me look so good and suggesting so many great leads.


  3. #3 T. Bruce McNeely
    March 11, 2007

    WEEELLLLL – I was the first to call him Dr. Egnor(amus)!!!111!!!


  4. #4 MarkP
    March 11, 2007

    Not that it is all that important, or ingenius, since it’s a pretty easy play on words, but…

    I coined it in that thread on 2-25. :)

  5. #5 Reed A. Cartwright
    March 12, 2007

    Burt: You do deserve credit for publicizing the definition.

    MarkP: It is an easy play on words, and it looks like the dictionary definition of “egnorance” is going to get larger:

    Egnorance (n)

    1. the egotistical combination of ignorance and arrogance

    2. willful ignorance despite frequent exposure to the facts

    Origin of Term: after Dr. Michael Egnor who routinely displayed egnorance.