I had it all planned in my head that I was going to do some candy trivia tonight, inspired by the fact that I have been eating a disturbing number of Nestle’s Crunch limited edition Girl Scout Cookie candy bars – you know, to support the Girl Scouts. Then I sat down at the laptop, surrounded by Thin Mint Crunch wrappers, and thought, “I’ll do phobias instead!” It would seem that my sugar-addled brain thinks all the long words are fun to say.
So, without further ado, do you know the layman’s terms for the following phobias?
It can be fun to come up with names for fears that don’t have official designations. In looking up all these phobias, I came across “anatidaephobia,” which is the fear that somehow, somewhere, a duck is watching you (invented by Gary Larson for Far Side) and “hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia,” the fear of long words. My two personal phobias are microphonophobia (fear of microphones*) and fishasquirmaphobia (the fear of touching a live fish). What about you? What would you name your unusual fears?
*Considering how many people are afraid of microphones – I found lists of symptoms and possible treatments pretty easily – you would think they would come up with a name for it.