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May 29, 2018
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

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metanoia
cremnophobia
ochlocracy
enantiodromia
obverse

cremnophobia
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with Anu Garg

cremnophobia

PRONUNCIATION:
(krem-no-FO-bee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: A fear of precipices or cliffs.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin cremnos (overhanging cliff) + -phobia (fear). Earliest documented use: 1903.

USAGE:
“You want to be an eagle,” he said. “Now that’s proud. Now that’s what proud is all about.”
“Yep, but I don’t want to be so high. Cremnophobia, and I don’t like heights.”
Thinkpen Write; Characters, Colors-N-Cash; Trafford; 2004.
A fear of heights is acrophobia.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there's more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged. -Norman Mailer, author (31 Jan 1923-2007)

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