Originally Published 2-11-2013
Veering just a little bit away from grammar this time to talk about words. After all, we are called bigwords101!
Phobia means fear. It is both a word unto itself and a common suffix. Some of the more common phobia words are claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), arachnophobia (fear of spiders), and agoraphobia (fear of the marketplace, or the fear of leaving home). However, the types of phobia stretch into the thousands; it seems as if there is a phobia for almost everything. Here are some of the more interesting phobias:
Allodoxaphobia- Fear of opinions
Anablephobia- Fear of looking up
Apeirophobia- Fear of infinity
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
Aulophobia- Fear of flutes
Bathophobia- Fear of depth
Bogyphobia- Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman
Chorophobia- Fear of dancing
Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks
Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news
Geniophobia- Fear of chins
Kathisophobia- Fear of sitting down
Levophobia- Fear of things to the left side of the body
Nomatophobia- Fear of names
Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons
Scriptophobia- Fear of writing in public
Syngenesophobia- Fear of relatives
Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat
and my favorite….
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words
To see a complete list of phobias, check out this website!
GRAMMAR DIVA NEWS
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