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Do Snorkologists Really Exist? May 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, Word Play.

Have you ever heard of a “snorkologist”?

We did today at lunch while watching a show on Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean.  I think “snorkologist” is just a made up name to make someone who snorkels for a living seem more important.

From the Caneel Bay Resort website:

Caneel Bay offers some of the most extraordinary snorkeling found in the Caribbean from the launch point of its seven pristine, powder-white beaches. Guests are invited to explore on their own or with a private snorkeling session led by the resident “Snorkologist.”

Guests are sure to be amazed by the vast array of fish found off of Caneel Bay’s coast including: doctor fish, parrot fish, porcupine fish, angel fish, yellowtail snapper and trigger fish. They might even be fortunate enough to spot a school of squid or an octopus.

See what I mean?

Even the hotel puts “snorkologist” in quotes.   

* * * * *

Pluto-HappyLast night, the owners of the Back Alley treated everyone to FREE pizza!

I found a round of pepperoni on my slice and looked around for a dog who might enjoy it.

Spotting two, I wandered over and offered the tidbit to the dog’s caregiver.

She took the pepperoni and I walked back to BFF:

“What were you doing?”

“I found a piece of pepperoni on my pizza and gave it to her.”

“Do you know her?”

“No, but I didn’t want to throw the pepperoni away.”

“What did you say to her?”

“I don’t know.  I just held out the pepperoni and asked her if she wanted it.”

“And she took it?!”


“That’s weird.”

Realizing that BFF didn’t see the dogs, I kept a straight face and said, “Why do you say that?”

Rolling his eyes at my perceived density, he said, “If a perfect stranger came up and offered you a piece of pepperoni, would you take it?”

“Of course not.  I’m a vegetarian.”

“You know what I mean.  Would you take a piece of stray meat  from a stranger?”

“I might.”

“You would not!”

“If I had a dog, I would.”

“Well, of course, if . . . ”

With that, the lightbulb went off ~ BFF glanced over, saw the dogs, and burst out laughing.

Things are not always as they first appear.

No rules.  Just write!


1. Cindy - May 14, 2011

Funny ;p

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

We had a good chuckle over both the snorkologists and the pepperoni-eating pups.

Life is better with laughter. 😀

2. Maggie - May 14, 2011

Yes! Free pizza and an amusing conversation. 🙂

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

Summed up perfectly, Maggie!

3. souldipper - May 14, 2011

Three of the Soul Journers are meeting in Hawaii to spend some time with a dolphin snorkologist. I’ll have to email them so they are well versed in appropriate title-age.

It’s a very good thing that your husband is your BFF, Nancy!

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

Until today, I’d never heard of a “snorkologist.” When I googled the term, all the references were high priced resorts.

Carlin pointed out on numerous occasions that people’s egos need to be fed. They do it by making their job titles seem more important:

Secretaries became Administrative Assistants.
Garbage collectors became Refuse Engineers.
Bartenders became Mixologists.
Beach Bums became Snorkologists.

As far as BFF goes, I agree! “Happiness is being married to your best friend.” 😀

4. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 14, 2011

I suppose “snorklers” would have been too jejune for such a lofty Caribbean site! Snorkologist means, to me, “one who studies snorks.” Now, if they had shown me a snork, I would have been excited – quite as excited as I would be to see slithy toves, and mimsy borogroves. . .

Glad the dogs benefited! Our Princess would not have been happy to settle for only 1/2 of a piece, though. She can get pretty greedy!

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

You’re so right! A Snorkologist definitely sounds like something Lewis Carroll or Dr. Seuss created to hunt down Snorks.

Not sure what happened to the pepperoni . . . I was too busy teasing BFF. 😉

5. Tilly Bud - May 15, 2011

lol! Great laugh to start my day, thank you 🙂

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

Yay! Laughing is the best way to start the day!

6. viewfromtheside - May 15, 2011

lol, i wish the dog could have had it’s say in this as well

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

We have a commercial here in the states for dog treats . . . a dog is running all over the house thinking (loud enough for us to hear), “Bacon? Do I smell bacon? Where’s the bacon? I love Bacon! Bacon!”

In the end he finds the Bacon flavored dog treats. And he lives happily ever after.

Or so the advertisers would have us believe. 😉

7. viewfromtheside - May 15, 2011

Dr Seuss definitely.

I wonder what is the season for hunting snorkels?

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

There’s a character on the tip of my tongue that won’t quite appear . . . a snopelopagus?

Maybe not Seuss. Winnie the Pooh!

Anyway, very rare creature. Much like snorks! Impossible to breed in captivity.

8. earlybird - May 15, 2011

Love ‘snorkologist’ ! Really good. And I thoroughly enjoyed the story of the pepperoni slice.

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

Thanks, Early bird. We are always finding some thing to laugh about. I’m going to try to share the laughs more often.

9. eof737 - May 15, 2011

What a hoot!The pepperoni should meet the snorkologist… very funny! 😉

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

Thanks, E!

10. adeeyoyo - May 15, 2011

Snorkologist indeed! I had a good giggle at the pepperoni tale, Nancy. 😉

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

Glad you enjoyed, Adee. We’ll probably never look at a pepperoni pizza in the same way again. 😉

11. oldancestor - May 15, 2011

A snorkologist would be someone who studies snorkels.

Just sayin’

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

I agree. Just a trumped up title to make one’s ego feel a bit bigger.

12. kateshrewsday - May 15, 2011

Brilliant post, Nancy, I laughed out loud! It’s all about the questions one asks, as they used to tell me at journalism college. I never asked the right questions but I’d spend so much time nattering over a cup of tea that the truth would usually meander out in its own time…

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

Yay! Despite the image of our impending demise looming on the H.A.A.R.P. horizon . . . I’m still laughing and smiling.

This moment is all we have. Be here now.

13. Greg Camp - May 16, 2011

Snorkologist is just grotesque. Those who wish to look smart often add -ologist to a word without following the rules for constructing terms for the study of a field.

Regarding the pepperoni, this is a good illustration of how playing games with one’s partner doesn’t have to be bad. I’m glad you two had fun with that.

nrhatch - May 16, 2011

Isn’t it funny how our egos want to promote our efforts to gain the admiration of others?

Or should I say fishologists for complements? 😉

BFF and I often have fun laughing with each other about our less mindful moments.

Greg Camp - May 16, 2011

That would be an ambitiologist–someone who studies the effort to gain the favor of others.

nrhatch - May 16, 2011

We should all go to the “ego-tologist” for an annual exam to make sure our egos are “in check.”

oldancestor - May 16, 2011

Greetings, fellow blogologists.

nrhatch - May 16, 2011

I’m a blogologist! 😉


14. Tokeloshe - May 16, 2011


nrhatch - May 16, 2011


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