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Phobias

Phobias, like collective nouns, are (deservedly, IMHO) a contentious subject in quizzes. I have no doubt that many of them are made up specifically for this purpose, by people who clearly have nothing better to do; I give you "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – fear of the number 666". Even if it is a recognised medical condition, why would any member of the medical profession attempt to get his (or her) teeth round this monstrosity, when he (or she) could just say "fear of the number 666"?  But once one source has published such made–up words, others seem to think this gives them a licence to blindly replicate them; on the Internet they spread like wildfire – and are gleefully picked up by quiz question setters who have neither imagination nor discretion.

My investigation into agliophobia – see below – reinforces my assertion that this is definitely a subject where the blind lead the blind.

It's because I'm sceptical about how many of these terms are actually used by the medical profession that you find this page in General Knowledge rather than Science.

This page lists some phobias that seem to me to have some validity, and/or keep turning up in quizzes. (Triskaidekaphobia falls into the latter category; and nomophobia is a more recent entry, which was clearly made up – probably as a joke – by someone who doesn't know a word of Greek, or Latin, and has no business making up such words.) Many more phobias, which I haven't listed, can be deduced (or made up, if you're that way inclined) by reference to my Prefixes and Suffixes page.

Acrophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Agliophobia Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Agoraphobia Click to show or hide the answer
Ailurophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Algophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Arachnophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Astraphobia Click to show or hide the answer
Baccillophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Bathmophobia Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Brontophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Chrometophobia or Chrenmatophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Claustrophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Cynophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Gerontophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Gymnophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Gynophobia (or gynephobia) Click to show or hide the answer
Musophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Nomophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Pogonophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Taphephobia Click to show or hide the answer
Triskaidekaphobia Click to show or hide the answer
Trypanophobia Click to show or hide the answer
Xenophobia Click to show or hide the answer

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