Today’s post is part of a special series here on Planet Pailly called Sciency Words. Every Friday, I bring you a new and interesting scientific word to help us all expand our scientific vocabularies. Today’s word is:
I think we all have our own little, irrational fears. I’m terrified of blood. I once fainted in a biology class because we were talking about blood. I think it was something about blood cells squeezing through capillaries in single file that set me off.
I recently spent some time researching various phobias for a writing project and learned that the technical term for my irrational fear is hemophobia. Here are a few other interesting phobias.
- Pupaphobia: the fear of puppets.
- Aibohphobia: the fear of palindromes (it’s funny because aibohphobia is itself a palindrome).
- Omphalophobia: the fear of belly buttons.
- Hellenologophobia: fear of the ancient Latin and Greek languages, or fear of scientific terminology (if you are hellenologophobic, you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog).
- Sesquipedalophobia: fear of long words.
- Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: fear of the number 666.
So what’s your biggest phobia? Do they have a technical term for it? Have you ever managed to overcome your fear? Please share in the comments below.