POLLEN ANALYSIS CIRCULAR NO.6 March 15, 1944 Edited by Paul B. Sears, Department of Botany Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
(bottom, page 2. - top page 3) THE RIGHT WORD? - "Is ‘pollen analysis' the proper name for the study of pollen and its applications? The word ‘pollen analysis' (meaning, I suppose, analysis of peat for pollen) was from the beginning used in Sweden to signify the identification and percentage-determination of the pollen grains of the principal forest trees in peat bogs and lake beds. However, its inadequacy was soon obvious, as shown for instance by Gunnar Erdtman's titles ‘Literature on pollen-statistics...' and, beginning in 1932, ‘Literature on pollen-statistics and related topics.' Even the combination ‘statistical pollen analysis', refers only to the method of getting certain data which in itself has little purpose and which does not apply to or cover all the branches of the pollen studies, much less the application of the direct results to climatic conclusions, etc. It is the knowledge gained from the pollen studies, be these statistical or morphological, or be they concerned with pollen-induced diseases as hayfever, etc., that has purpose and significance." "In this case the international combining form -logy (English spelling) can hardly be used to denote this science, for the name would be, I suppose, ‘pollinilogy' (cf. polliniferous, pollinization), which is bad." "To me ‘pollen science' (Swedish, ‘pollenvetenskap'; German ‘Pollenwissenschaft') and ‘pollen scientific' sound better. Would ‘pollen science' be preferable to ‘pollen analysis'?" - Ernst Antevs (Feb. 18, 1944) (page 3, Paul B. Sears) (Both on the grounds of euphony and sense, this suggestion from Dr. Antevs appeals to me. I am inclined to suggest, if it meets with no objection, and if interest warrants continuing this circular after the present year, that issues beginning in 1945 be entitled "Pollen Science Circular.") - P.B.S.
POLLEN ANALYSIS CIRCULAR NO.7 July 1, 1944 Edited by Paul B. Sears, Department of Botany Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
(bottom, page 1.) THE RIGHT WORD. - "Dr. Antevs' enquiry into the ‘Right Word' is interesting. It appears that we grant awkward phrases an incidental existence without being particularly aware of their ineptness. I have no set feelings on this subject - however, I wonder whether the term ‘analysis' hasn't been used, consciously or otherwise, in the sense of ‘syllabus' - of knowledge gained from the use of numerous and varied research techniques applicable to the many phases (ecological, atmospheric, morphological, cytological, genetical, etc.) of pollen study. If this is not the usual interpretation, ‘pollen science' would seem like a more apt and generalized expression. Some of the difficulty as Dr. Antevs suggests, appears to be initially impose by the fact that the term ‘pollen' is not readily plastic in the manner that, for example, ‘cytology, and anatomy' are." - A. Orville Dahl (Mar. 31, 1944) (top, page 2.) "The Pollen Analysis Circular No. 6 has just arrived and it is gratifying to see how well it is keeping up and apparently gaining strength. Your suggestion on page 3, concerning a new name for the Circular appeals to me very much. I suppose it would be wise to retain the old name for the remainder of the year as you have suggested. I am wondering about the word ‘pollen' in the name, for it may imply that spore investigations are excluded. Those of us that are engaged in Paleozoic and Mesozoic studies work with spores as much as we do with pollen and microfossils. We could use the word ‘pollen' in a very liberal sense and understand that spore studies were to be included in the Circular." - L. R. Wilson (Mar. 27, 1944)
POLLEN ANALYSIS CIRCULAR NO.8 October 8, 1944 Edited by Paul B. Sears, Department of Botany Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
(top, page 2.) THE RIGHT WORD. - "The question raised by Dr. Antevs: ‘Is pollen analysis the proper name for the study of pollen and its applications?' and his suggestion to replace it by ‘pollen science' interests us very much. We entirely agree that a new term is needed but in view of the fact that pollen analysts normally include in their counts the spores of such plants as ferns and mosses we think that some word carrying a wider connotation than pollen seems to be called for. We should therefore suggest palynology from Greek παλúνω (paluno), to strew or sprinkle; cf. παλη (palé), fine meal; cognate with Latin pollen, flour, dust): the study of pollen and other spores and their dispersal, and applications thereof. We venture to hope that the sequence of consonants p-l-n (suggesting pollen, but with a difference) and the general euphony of the new word may commend it to our fellow workers in this field. We have been assisted in the coining of this new word by Mr. L.J.D. Richardson, M.A., University College, Cardiff." (H.A. Hyde and D.A. Williams, July 15, 1944. Wales)

The Pollen Analysis Circular (later The Pollen Science Circular) was published from 1943 - 19xx. Circular number 1 outlines the reasons for it's publication by Paul B. Sears.