Aug 24, 2007

Rapid Rhetoric: TEBBAD

Raphael's depiction of Plato defining the difference between true and false rhetoric This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

tebbad (teh-BAHD) n. a cyclonic dust storm of Central Asia.

Derived from the Persian words for "fever wind," a tebbad is a frightful combination of high winds, low humidity, and high heat that can be lethal to humans and animals unless they seek shelter.

In the Arab world this meteorological phenomenon is known as a simoom, which translates roughly as "poison wind." Temperatures during these storms can exceed 130°F, and the humidity can dip below 10 percent.

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