Sciency Words: Weird Phobias

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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.

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