See pataphysics in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun (used with a sing. verb)
Origin: French pataphysique
Origin: , alteration of Greek ta epi ta metaphusika, the (works) after the metaphysics (pseudo-title of a work by Aristotle modeled on ta meta ta phusika, the (works) after the Physics, Aristotle's Metaphysics)
Origin: : epi, after; see epi-
Origin: + metaphusika, metaphysics; see metaphysics.