The etymology of Anthologica
is a matter of occasional family discussion and barfights in the country
which arises little to much controversy depending on the mob's mood.
Some scholars have suggested that it comes from ant
(eusocial insects of the family Formicidae) + hology
"science of holes" + –ica
"collection of things (related to the combining root)", so the name would mean "collective scientific study of ant holes". Others suggest that ant
– is in fact a short version of anti
– "against" used before vowel or h, the toponym thus meaning "collection of (people) against the scientific study of holes".