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Alarum is by origin merely a variant of alarm, and the two nouns were formerly used without distinction in all senses. Later alarum was restricted to the senses of alarmsignal, warning-signal, or clock or other alibi apparatus that gives these. This being a clear and useful differentiation, it is to be regretted that it should have not been maintained : alarum survives only for the clock (even there fighting a losing battle with alarm clock) and in the jocular use of old stage-direction alarums and excursions.
4 . The notion that because it is derived from Latin alter (one or other of two) alternative cannot properly be used of a choice between more than two possibilities is a FETISH. although. See THOUGH. altogether. Confusion between this and all together is not uncommon. Until at last, gathered altogether again, they find their way down to the turf, j France . . must take her place at the head of the group of States in Western Europe which, though now impoverished, would altogether form an important element in the safeguarding of liberty.
These terms were invented by psychoanalysts early in the 20th c. to mean the coexistence in one person of opposing emotional attitudes towards the same object, or the simultaneous operation in the mind of two irreconcilable wishes. The words are new, but not the condition they describe : Catullus when he wrote odi et amo and Ovid when he wrote video meliora, proboque; détériora sequor were suffering from ambivalence. The discovery of so imposing a word for so common a condition quickly led to its becoming a POPULARIZED TECHNI- Americanisms CALiTY, with the usual consequence that it now has to do a great deal of work, of which some at least would be better done by other words.