At times, it may be difficult to find interesting topics to write on and at others, you are bubbling with ideas to put forth in black and white. During those dreary stretches of disappearance from blogosphere, I often wondered whether the ink in my quill had dried up untimely. The thought made me feel empty. And sometimes gave me the jitters.
It is at this bleak point in life of diffidence and doubt that I chanced upon this loooong scroll of uncommon words at the back of an ordinary Register. Just imagine! A delightful find indeed, more so, because these were inscribed where they were least expected to be and that upped my spirits no less. Now, here there was a treasure trove worth sharing. For the scholarly, these may not be serendipitous revelations but for me they were an enchanting and valuable addition to my vocabulary.
So, my friends here they are. Let me know how many of these were already known to you and how many expanded your lingual horizon:
|1.||Globophobia||Fear of balloons popping|
|2.||Ombrophobia||Fear of rains|
|3.||Geniophobia||Fear of chins|
|4.||Tetraphobia||Fear of number 4|
|5.||Tryophobia||Fear of holes|
|6.||Pogonophobia||Fear of beards|
|7.||Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia||Fear of long words|
|8.||Lipophobia||Fear of fats in food|
|9.||Genuphobia||Fear of knees and /or kneeling|
|10.||Sanguivoriphobia||Fear of vampires|
|11.||Ergophobia||Fear of work|
|12.||Emetophobia||Fear of vomiting|
|13.||Triskaidekaphobia||Fear of number 13|
|14.||Arachibutyrophonia||Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your month|
|15.||Nomophobia||Fear of being out of mobile phone contact|
|16.||Ancraophobia||Fear of wind|
|17.||Ephebiphobia||Fear of youth|
|18.||Xanthophobia||Fear of the colour yellow|
|19.||Myrmecopobia||Fear of ants|
|20.||Turaphobia||Fear of cheese|
|21.||Anthophobia||Fear of flowers|
|22.||Hylophobia||Fear of trees/forests|
|23.||Omphalophobia||Fear of belly buttons|
|24.||Scriptophobia||Fear of writing in public|
|25.||Pentheraphobia||Fear of your mother-in-law|
To think of what all humans are fearful of!! But I guess the most relevant are the ones at Sl. No. 15 and 25. Trust me to come across and be intrigued by all sorts of phobias and fears. My young colleague thought I was endowed with, what she called, a khurafaati dimaag. Now, that’s quite a non-translatable phrase! The closest will be weird brain? I am not sure. So let’s drop that.
Coming to phobias…Google aunty defines it as an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. While overpowering dread can take a turn towards insanity, short lived fears can be situational, conditional and may be considered normal. For example, if you are nauseous you may suffer from emetophobia. I do whenever I have to travel to the hills.
Triskaidekaphobia is quite common as the number 13 is considered ominous and harbinger of ill-luck. I think ergophobia is our national trait.
When I was young, I remember I used to feel vulnerable of my youngness now whether that is tantamount to ephebephobia is a call that a shrink needs to take.
Sanguiphoriphobia? Now who would love to have vampires around?
While I won’t rule out a tinge of madness in meself I’d be no less happy to know what of the above phobias you think you are suffering from or trying to fight with.
Lemme know…..even in whispers will do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So long……………..sleep tight!!