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you will all enjoy merriam-webster’s word-of-the-day from august 14 because of its greek roots, AND because of the ‘did you know?’ section which discusses new latin. thus, i present it to you:
xenophobia \zen-uh-FOH-bee-uh\ noun
: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign
I always thought it was odd that Gene, whose xenophobia precluded travel beyond the state border, chose to become a travel agent.
Did you know?
If you look back to the ancient Greek terms that underlie the word “xenophobia,” you’ll discover that xenophobic individuals are literally “stranger fearing.” “Xenophobia,” that elegant-sounding name for an aversion to persons unfamiliar, ultimately derives from two Greek terms: “xenos,” which can be translated as either “stranger” or “guest,” and “phobos,” which means either “fear” or “flight.” “Phobos” is the ultimate source of all English “-phobia” terms, but many of those were actually coined in English or New Latin using the combining form “-phobia” (which traces back to “phobos”). “Xenophobia” itself came to us by way of New Latin and first appeared in print in English in 1903.