Jun 10, 2015

Etymology Expeditions: Fun with Phobias

Everybody knows what arachnophobia and coulrophobia are, but what about these rarer ones?
I present, for your consideration:
Allodoxaphobia, Fear of opinions. From ancient Greek állos "other"+ dóksa "way, opinion"

Arachibutyrophobia- (From Greek/Latin arachi= ground nut, Latin  butyrum=butter) Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. (I had some help with the etymology from this blog:  http://www.glossophilia.org/?p=1320 , which looks fascinating.)

Barophobia- Fear of gravity. From Ancient Greek báros, "weight". Hmm, I wonder how that works...

Bogyphobia- Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman. From Middle English Bogge or Bugge meaning a frightening spectre

Counterphobia- The preference by a phobic for fearful situations. From old French countre, "facing opposite"

Dextrophobia- Fear of objects at the right side of the body, From Latin dexter "right"

Hellenologophobia- Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666.

Mythophobia- Fear of myths or stories or false statements.

Pteronophobia- Fear of being tickled by feathers.

Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat. This probably means the naked mole rat. It is pretty nasty looking, enough that I don't want a picture of it on my blog, so google at your own risk...


Check out more phobias at  http://phobialist.com/
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