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Oct 30, 2018
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This week’s words
eucatastrophe
ochlophobia
peristeronic
amatorculist
abnegation

ochlophobia
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with Anu Garg

ochlophobia

PRONUNCIATION:
(ahk-luh-FOH-bee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: A fear or dislike of crowds.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek ochlos (mob) + -phobia (fear). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wegh- (to go or to transport in a vehicle), which also gave us ochlocracy, away, weigh, Norwegian, wag, wagon, devious, vex, pervious, walleyed, and earwig. Earliest documented use: 1885.

USAGE:
“With just a week before Christmas, the malls are pretty much a no-go zone for anyone with even the mildest form of ochlophobia.”
Ian Katz; Hate Crowds? Shop Online; South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale); Dec 19, 2005.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof (White House). -John Adams, 2nd US President, and the first one to live in the White House (30 Oct 1735-1826)

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