What is viatology? ItÕs nothing, really. Nothing at all. ItÕs just a made-up term to describe the hobbying interest that some people have regarding roads and various subjects relating to vehicle transportation, including construction, design, signs, traffic signals, route numbering systems, bridges, highway history, road map collecting and many other facets too numerous to mention.
The term ÒviatologyÓ was made up by Carl Rogers, a general pest who posts to the misc.transport.road Usenet newsgroup. Whereas most people with a hobbyistÕs interest in roads call themselves roadgeeks or Roads Scholars or other such terms, Rogers insists on calling them ÒviatologistsÓ and sometimes Òtransportologists.Ó
No one accepts his made-up terminology, which frustrates him tremendously, so he keeps spamming M.T.R. with increasingly-frantic attempts to force compliance with his verbiage. HeÕs fighting a losing battle. He is almost universally disrespected, if not outright hated, among the roadgeek community, and his terms are laughed at, scoffed at or ignored. HeÕs even taken to insisting that viatology, the study of roads, will one day be considered a science. Most donÕt know if he really believes the nonsense he posts, or if heÕs just doing it to be an arrogant asshole.
Poor Carl. His Web site is panned and ridiculed, and his attempt to contribute to the English language is rejected. It must really suck to be him.