Pluto Gets Consolation Prize after Demotion

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.

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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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