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root shock

root shock
 n.— «Residents say they do miss having a neighborhood with familiar faces to greet, familiar foods to eat, and no fear of being forced out of their homes. It was Dr. Mindy Fullilove, a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University, who called the feeling “root shock” because, she said, its effects are similar to what happens to uprooted plants. She describes it as “the pain of losing one’s beloved neighborhood.”» —“Mixed Feelings as Change Overtakes 125th St.” by Timothy Williams New York Times June 13, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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