Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Vocabulary of Fear, e.g. Onomatophobia

Test your knowledge of a variety of -phobias with the words on this list. In order to reverse the problem (to love or like it), it is usually sufficient to switch the suffix to -philia.

Somniphobia - fear of sleeping because you may never wake up

Onomatophobia - fear of the sound of words

Logophobia - fear of the sound of words

Omfalophobia - fear of touching the navel 

Consecotaleophobia - the fear of chopsticks

Ergophobia - fear of work / workplace

Metrophobia - fear of poetry

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia - fear of 666.  Wikipedia reports: "A prominent example is Nancy and Ronald Reagan who, in 1979, when moving to their home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, had its address—666 St. Cloud Road—changed to 668 St. Cloud Road."

Ephebiphobia - fear of teenagers / younger generation 

Eisoptrophobia - fear of mirrors (seven years of bad luck)

Phobophobia - the fear of fear itself.

Chromophobia -  fear of colours. Includes subcategories such as the colour black - melanophobia; white -  leucophobia, and red - eritrophobia

Papyrophobia - dislike of paper and fear of its texture or sound