Pluto Gets Consolation Prize after Demotion

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Bodies like Pluto — which was demoted from being a planet — will now be called Plutoids in its honor. Plutoids are certain distant bodies too small for full planet status. That "oid" construction may be useful elsewhere.


Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Pluto got a consolation prize. It was demoted from being a planet. Now, bodies like Pluto will be called Plutoids in Pluto's honor. Plutoids are certain-distant bodies too small for full-planet status. That "oid" construction may be useful elsewhere. Obama and McCain are looking for vice presidoids; you're worried about your shrinking home equitoid; want to pay down your credit card balance until it's just debtoid.

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