This is the first post in a series of hopefully many. As you can guess from the title, I'll be looking at phobias, defined on http://dictionary.reference.com/ as:
"...a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it..."
The word 'phobia' is derived from the Greek word for fear, which is 'phobos'. The other half of the word, details what the phobia relates to and is often derived, again from Greek.
We're all very familiar with some of the more common ones such as Claustrophobia or Arachnaphobia (confined spaces and spiders respectively) but I thought it might be interesting to look at some of the weird and wonderful names given to other irrational fears. Some will be glaringly obvious, others a bit more 'Eh?!' in nature.
Hope you'll find my Fobia Phridays fun and informative at the same time! I'll try to keep them short don't worry!
Ok, first phobia I'll be looking at is Aerophobia. This is one of the more obvious ones.
It's a fear of gusts of air such as drafts, swallowing air, or airbourne gases. But can sometimes be used to describe a fear of flying or aeroplanes, interchangeable with Pterophobia.
Aero - Greek for air
Ptero - Greek for feather or winged
Hence why you get Pterodactyl. The dactyl comes from the Greek for finger 'dactulos'. Their wings are seemingly supported by what is thought to be one extended finger.
Sources: Readers Digest Reverse Dictionary (c) 1989, Wiktionary & Phobia List
File under: Kelligrafie, phobia, fear, aerophobia, air, flying, aeroplane, pterophobia
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