It’s been off and on again here, but today I’m making it official: I’m going to have a Captcha of the Week every week, starting today. However, I don’t promise on what day it will be. Most likely it will be Tuesday or Thursday, but I make no promises. For previous Captcha of the Week posts, check my Captcha of the Week posts on posterous.
Above is this week’s Captcha of the Week.
I first tried to examine the word based etymologically by breaking down the word: “Ly-“, the first part of the word, which Merriam-Webster says originates with the Greek word lyein, meaning “to loosen or dissolve”, and “-opsy,” the second part of the word, which MW says orginates from the Greek words opsia and opsis, meaning “examination.”
I thought to myself maybe “lybospy” then means “examination of loose bowels” as in “diahrrea,” but then I realized I was missing the “b.” …unless, just unless that “b” stands for “bowels,” which might make sense in light of that (um, not that THAT is not disgusting, I mean, yeah, I know doctors have to do that kind of thing, but I really don’t want to do that kind of thing).
If that is not the case, then I’m not sure what “lyb-” means as a prefix. MW was no help with that supposition, although the Free Dictionary says LYB in caps stands for a variety of things, including “Love You Babe” and “Love Your Body,” which I’m not sure how that fits in with “examination.” If any of you find a more reasonable explanation, let me know in the comments. This was only after a cursory (meaning “extra lazy”) use of Google. Maybe you’ll find something in a more extensive (meaning “you’ve got too much time on your hands, you silly git”) use of Google.