Word of the Day – Proxemics

By May 25, 2018 Word of the Day

Proxemics (noun)


The branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others.

1960s: from proximity, on the pattern of words such as phonemics.

Example sentences

“He has no respect for proxemic, I could smell his breakfast!”

“She wrote a fascinating essay on how alcohol affects proxemics.”

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