Matæotechny (Mataotechny/Mataeo/technie) [ma-tay-oh-tek-nee]
An unprofitable science or skill.
Um.. It's Greek, and the only info that came through when I emailed it to work was that mataeo is something in Greek for vain, and techny was something in Greek for art?
1576 Newton Lemnie's Complex. To Rdr.,
Such a peevish practice, and unnecessary Matæotechny.
It's been a common point of discussion between a friend of mine and I that scientists should stop with mataeotechny, like curing things or ending world hunger, and concentrate on building us teleporters, lightsabers and hover cars!