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Taurus 2: An electrical storm

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Taurus 2: An electrical storm
According to the O n l in e

E t y m o l o g y D i ct i o n a r y , t he f i r s t u s e i n E n g l i s h of t h e w o r d electric took p la c e in t he 1 6 4 0 ’ s a n d i s a t t ri b u t e d t o S i r T h o m a s B r o w n e (1 6 0 5 - 1 6 8 2 ) . 1 But Gilbert it was another who E n g l i s h ma n , p h y s i c i s t Wi l l i a m (1540-1603), c o i n e d t he t e r m i n a M o d e r n L a t i n s c i e n t i fi c t r e a t i s e e n t i t l e d D e M a gn e t
Taurus 2: An electrical storm
According to the O n l in e

E t y m o l o g y D i ct i o n a r y , t he f i r s t u s e i n E n g l i s h of t h e w o r d electric took p la c e in t he 1 6 4 0 ’ s a n d i s a t t ri b u t e d t o S i r T h o m a s B r o w n e (1 6 0 5 - 1 6 8 2 ) . 1 But Gilbert it was another who E n g l i s h ma n , p h y s i c i s t Wi l l i a m (1540-1603), c o i n e d t he t e r m i n a M o d e r n L a t i n s c i e n t i fi c t r e a t i s e e n t i t l e d D e M a gn e t

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Taurus 2: An electrical storm
According to the
OnlineEtymology Dictionary 
, the first use in English of the word
electric
took place in the
1640’s and is attributed to Sir
Thomas Browne (1605-1682).
1
 But it was anotherEnglishman, physicist WilliamGilbert (1540-1603), whocoined the term in a Modern Latin scientific treatise entitled
De Magnete
(1600). The wo
rd’s roots are both the Latin
electrum
and the Greek 
electron
, both of which mean “amber” or
 
“pale gold” (one part silver to
four parts gold).
2
The word
electric
 was used in that treatise to
described all substances which “like amber, attract other substa
nces
when rubbed.”
The word
storm
descends from the IE root 
(s)twer-1
 
which means “toturn, whirl.”
Paronyms include the words
stir 
,
disturb, trouble
,
turbid 
,
 turbine
,
 
and
 perturb
.
3
As a noun, the word
storm
descends most immediately from the Old English
storm
which in turn descends from thepre-Germanic
sturmaz 
. Figurative or non-meteorological uses of theword may have entered the language in the late 14
th
century as a verb
taken to mean “to rage, be violent.” Its first use in a military sense, e.g.
to
storm
a castle, came in 1645 and is attributed to the Oliver Cromwell(1599-1658).
4
 
THEMES: 
Recall that the following six words are paronyms of 
storm 
stir 
,
trouble
,
turbid 
,
turbine
,
disturb
, and
 perturb
. Several of them
1
 
http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Thomas-Browne
 
2
 
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=electric
 
3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 87
 
4
 
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=storm
 

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