"...the thingness of something becomes apparent when it is no longer functioning as it did before or it becomes dysfunctional or if it appears in an unexpected place..."

if you don’t know what a psephologist does, it’s not as interesting as you might think, but what is interesting is that the word comes from the greek ψῆφος, psephos, pebble’, as the ancient greeks used pebbles to vote. (similarly, the word ballot is derived from the medieval french word ballotte,” meaning a small ball).