My PhD is going to be magical

Mom: She’s visiting from Seattle, where she’s getting her PhD.
Random Guy: Oh? What are you studying?
Me: Genome Sciences.
Guy: Oh yeah? The really small stuff, right?
Me: Well, I guess it’s really small…
Guy: Do they wear hats too?
Me: …genome, like genetics. Not gnomes.

Mom: So your program is officially called Genome Sciences? Why not Genetics?
Me: Well, genomics is more holistic… Sort of bigger picture.
Mom: I’ll remember that name by thinking of gnomes wearing G-strings!
Me: …sometimes I wonder what goes on in your brain.

Now you know where I get it from.


  1. Adam says

    The fact that someone would equate the two in a conversation where they don’t even really sound alike is mind boggling.

  2. says

    I think the “gee” came from “gee-string”, not gee-nohm. You know.. Gnomes wearing G-strings.. G-Gnomes.. I don’t know, I wouldn’t have equated the two but I can KINDA see it I guess :P

  3. says

    Ah man, I wish you had told him you did experiments on the small hat wearing people & taken it from there. Would’ve made for a much more interesting conversation to read

  4. katalina says

    I love that people think you can get a PhD in the science of gnomes. Like, is there really that much to them? Since they don’t exist except in garden statuary?

  5. Annie says

    People are often impressed when I tell them I’m a nanologist… only because they don’t know what the hell it means.

  6. says

    I was actually going to bring in ‘Gnu’ but decided the one line was sufficient. G-string didn’t even enter my English degree mind as I don’t consider them the same thing. Then again, ever since i-Pad, i-Phone and i-Tunes, I guess the rules may have changed for pronunciation of unknown words.Which then makes me think of Un-i-Corn and the question “Is there an i-Corn?”

  7. katalina says

    Well it’s probably just a stilted academic pronunciation that is more “correct” than the common pronunciation of the word, “gnome.” You know, tomato, tomah-to.

  8. JM says

    Well, if you can get advanced degrees in theology, why not gnomology. If you do it right, in 2000 years no one will know that you actually made it up.

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