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Horologium[ˌhôrəˈlōjēəm]

DEFINITION

a faint southern constellation (the Clock), between Hydrus and Eridanus.

ADJECTIVE

Horologii (adjective) used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Horologium.“the star R HorologiiORIGINLatin.

Horologii is the Latin genitive form of Horologium.

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Word of the Week- Ipso Facto


ipso facto

adverb [ip-soh fak-toh] by the fact itself; by the very nature of the deed: to be condemned ipso fact

What is the origin of ipso facto?

First recorded in English in the mid-1500s, ipso facto is an adverb that comes directly from the Latin phrase ipsō factō “by the fact itself, by the very fact.” Ipso facto is often used when the very fact that one thing occurs is a direct consequence of another, as in “Having won all the gold medals in the sport’s Olympic events, she was ipso facto the best gymnast in the world.” Latin factō is the ablative form of factum “deed, act, fact,” and ipsō is the ablative of ipsum “very, same, itself,” among other senses. Ipso appears in other Latin expressions used in English, especially in law, including eo ipso“by that very fact” and ipso jure “by the law itself.” 

How is ipso facto used? 

… the notion that cars made in Germany would ipso facto be better crafted than others … this would have seemed curious indeed just a generation before.TONY JUDT, POSTWAR: A HISTORY OF EUROPE SINCE 1945, 2005

I had, it seemed, defined myself as a “popular” writer, and if one is popular, then, ipso facto, one is not to be taken seriously.OLIVER SACKS, ON THE MOVE, 2015

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Turbophobia

(from Latin turbo, “tornado”) is the irrational and often intense fear of tornadoes. Turbophobia is a separate term for lilapsophobia, which is fear of tornadoes and tropical cyclones.

Causes

Like many phobias, turbophobia is caused by an unwanted experience, specifically tornadoes that cause injuries, destruction, or loss of loved ones to self or others they know. People who survive the deadly storms should seek professional advice, especially to determine if a person is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. This phobia can even be caused by learning news about tornadoes using the media, like television, internet, radio, or newspaper, even though they happened far away from homes. If a person learns that someone in the family have the phobia, then that person is more likely to suffer from it.

Symptoms

Mental and emotional symptoms of turbophobia include obsessive thoughts, difficulty thinking, feeling of unreality or being detached, fear of losing control or going crazy, anticipatory anxiety, terror, and desire to flee or hide.

Physical symptoms of turbophobia include dizziness, shaking, palpitations, lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath, accelerated heartbeat, chest pain or discomfort, shaking, feeling of choking, sweating, nausea, and numbness or tingling sensations.

Many turbophobes also suffer autophobia, fear of being alone. Sufferers often make arrangements with people they know to help soothe the fear.

Effects

Turbophobes spend a lot of time watching the weather or checking weather online to keep an eye on for oncoming storms. When a storm hits, sufferers either watch for severe weather alerts constantly or take cover, like under a bed or in a windowless room. In the extreme cases, sufferers take tornado shelter as soon as rain starts falling, usually in the basement or storm shelter. Sufferers may often use a NOAA weather radio to listen to tornado warning bulletins, and mobile phones that can watch the radar and that can alert the user while in shelter. If the sufferer also fears loud noises, such as tornado sirens, or weather radio alarms, this may aggravate the fear, and may cause the sufferer to panic. If the sufferer fears the alarms in general, the sufferer may have ligyrophobia, or the irrational fear of loud noises.

In children

Like astraphobia, turbophobia is a common fear for children, although less common. Because children are just learning to distinguish between fantasy and reality, major storm broadcasts on television or discussion by parents can cause fear that the storm is coming with a tornadic potential.

Because fear is a part of normal child development, this phobia is not diagnosed unless if persisted for more than six months. Parents should conquer the child’s fear by telling them how rare the major storms that hit hometown area are.

Treatment

Like many other phobias, turbophobia can often be treated using cognitive-behavioral therapy, but if it stems from post-traumatic stress disorder, then alternative therapy may be more recommended.

In popular culture

In the 1996 film Twister, Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt), while becoming a storm chaser, suffers from turbophobia due to her father’s death in a tornado when she was a child.

Notable case

The most notable case of turbophobia suffer is Karin R. Herrmann, who lives in Miami, Oklahoma. She began suffering the phobia following the 2011 Joplin tornado. Her phobia lasted for approximately six months until she developed ways to treat her with the help from her husband.

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Definition of eclectic

 (Entry 1 of 2)1: composed of elements drawn from various sources also : heterogeneous 2: selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles

Definition of eclectic (Entry 2 of 2): one who uses a method or approach that is composed of elements drawn from various sources : one who uses an eclectic method or approach

Other Words from eclectic

Adjectiveeclectically \ i-​ˈklek-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē

How to pronounce eclectically (audio) , e-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for eclectic

Synonyms: Adjective

assorted, heterogeneous, indiscriminate, kitchen-sink, magpie, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, patchwork, piebald, promiscuous, raggle-taggle, ragtag, varied

Antonyms: Adjective

Eclectic Has a Philosophical History

Adjective

Eclectic comes from a Greek verb meaning “to select” and was originally applied to ancient philosophers who were not committed to any single system of philosophy; instead, these philosophers selected whichever doctrines pleased them from every school of thought. Later, the word’s use broadened to cover other selective natures. “Hard by, the central slab is thick with books / Diverse, but which the true eclectic mind / Knows how to group, and gather out of each / Their frequent wisdoms….” In this 19th century example from a poem by Arthur Joseph Munby, for example, the word is applied to literature lovers who cull selective works from libraries.

Examples of eclectic in a Sentence

AdjectiveAll around us, fishers galumphed past.  … They carried an eclectic array of rods, nets, buckets and coolers.— Stephen C. Sautner, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2000 Her witty, mordant and splendidly vinegary observations were informed by broad and eclectic reading.— George F. Will, Newsweek, 24 May 1999 The polo crowd is eclectic and dangerously hagridden with narcissism and treachery, and that is the way they like it.— Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 1994 … big wheels of country bread and eclectic selections of pâtés, hams, cheeses, honey and all sorts of homemade cookies and sweets.— Per-Henrik Mansson, Wine Spectator, 28 Feb. 1993 The collection includes an eclectic mix of historical artifacts. the museum’s eclectic collection has everything from a giraffe skeleton to medieval musical instruments See More

First Known Use of eclectic

Adjective

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eclectic

Adjective

borrowed from Greek eklektikós “picking out, selecting what appears to be best,” from eklektós “picked out, select” (verbal adjective of eklégein “to pick out, select,” from ek- ec- + légein “to collect, gather, count, say”) + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at legend

Noun

borrowed from Greek eklektikós “any of a group of philosophers who selected beliefs from a variety of schools of thought,” noun derivative of eklektikós eclectic entry 1

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