garbology

noun
gar·bol·o·gy | \ gär-ˈbä-lə-jē \

Definition of garbology 

: the study of modern culture through the analysis of what is thrown away as garbage

Other words from garbology

garbologist \gär-ˈbä-lə-jist \ noun

First Known Use of garbology

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garbology

garb(age) + -ology (as in geology)

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