We enter another week and enter some more ‘fear/phobia’ words. Take a look at these 10 words and see for yourself whether any of these exists in your life.
1. Papaphobia: Fear of Pope. IT is the pathological fear of the pope or of the Roman Catholic Church. Originated from Latin where “Papa” means Pope.
2. Arachibutyrophobia: It’s the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth. The word is used by Charles M. Schulz in a 1982 installment of his “Peanuts” comic strip and by Peter O’Donnell in his 1985 Modesty Blaise adventure novel Dead Man’s Handle.
3. Nomophobia: fear of being out of mobile phone Contact. The term, an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia” was coined during a study by the UK Post Office who commissioned YouGov, a UK-based research organization to look at anxieties suffered by mobile phone users. The study found that nearly 53% of mobile phone users in Britain tend to be anxious when they “lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage”.
4. Bibliophobia : Fear of books. Biblio is the root word here which means Book.
5. Heliophobia: Fear of sunlight. Needless to say we all are afraid of going out in sunlight just to avoid tanning. But when we go to great lengths to avoid sunlight we become heliophobics.
6. Gerascophobia: fear of growing old. The root word here is geras means old age. An abnormal and persistent fear of growing old. We may worry about the loss of our looks, the loss of independence, inactivity after retirement, impaired mobility.
7. Thanatophobia: fear of death. Well, we all suffer from this phobia but still we don’t live our life completely.
8. Xenophobia: Fear of foreigners or strangers. A person suffering from it is usually keeps to himself, is an introvert and does not like to mingle much.
9. Hypsophobia: Fear of high places. This phobia usually forces the person to be in lower places, going to Mountainous regions is out of question.
10. Kenophobia: Fear of empty spaces. The root word here is Greek word kenos which means empty.
Post Contributed by Rabia Sehgal
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