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What’s Your Phobia?

September 29, 2011
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

October is just around the corner - and with it, Halloween. Ghosts and goblins and tombstones are decorating lawns.

For whatever reason, thoughts of Halloween bring thoughts of "phobias." We found a complete listing of phobias, A to Z.

Here we go:

There are over 65 phobias beginning with the letter A, from Ablutophobia - fear of washing or bathing,to Aviophobia or Aviatophobia - fear of flying. Some additional A phobias include: Alektorophobia - fear of chickens; Aulophobia - fear of flutes; and, Auroraphobia - fear of northern lights.

Only 18 entries under B, notably: Blennophobia - fear of slime; and, Bufonophobia - fear of toads.

More than 50 entries under C, including Cacophobia - fear of ugliness; Chiroptophobia - fear of bats; Coimetrophobia - fear of cemeteries; and, Coulrophobia - fear of clowns.

D phobias inclulde Dendrophobia - fear of trees; Didaskaleinophobia - fear of going to school; and Dromophobia - fear of crossing streets.

E phobias include Epistemophobia - fear of knowledge; and Ergophobia - fear of work.

What do Felinophobia, Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia have in common??They are all the fear of cats.

Under the letter H we find Herpetophobia - fear of reptiles or creepy, crawly things, and Homichlophobia - fear of fog.

The phobia with the most letters in itsname is Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia - fear of the number 666.

Iophobia is fear of poison.

Katsaridaphobia is fear of cockroaches.

Lachanophobia is fear ofvegetables and Logizomechanophobia is fear of computers.

M phobias include Melanophobia - fear of the color black; and Mottephobia - fear of moths.

Under N we find Neophobia - fear of anything new.

O is for Omphalophobia - fear of belly buttons.

P has some interesting phobias, including:?Panophobia or Pantophobia - fear of everything; Phobophobia - fear of phobias; and Polyphobia - fear of many things.

There are no phobias that begin with the letter Q.

R is for Ranidaphobia - fear of frogs.

S has some interesting phobias: Samhainophobia - fear of Halloween; Selenophobia - fear of the moon; and Siderophobia - fear of stars.

Triskaidekaphobia is one of the most commonly known phobias, fear of the number 13.

V is for Verobphobia - fear of words.

W fits well in October: Wiccaphobia - fear of witches.

X is for Xenoglossophobia - fear of foreign languages.

There are no phobias beginning with the letter Y.

Z is for Zemmiphobia - fear of the great mole rat.

There you have it - phobias from A to Z. Do any of them fit you?



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