21 unusual phobias

It’s been said that in English, there is a word for everything.

Terms exist to describe groups of animals and other words, and there are even words formed by the combination of two separate words.

Having recently unearthed a new phobia—“aerophobia,” or fear of air travel—I’ve taken an interest in words that describe and pinpoint fears. How many of these phobias do you recognize? (Terms from Oxford Dictionaries, Phobialist.com and Fearof.net.)

1. Asthenophobia: fear of weakness

2. Astrapophobia: fear of lightning

3. Ataxaphobia: fear of disorder or untidiness

4. Atelophobia: fear of imperfection

5. Atychiphobia: fear of failure

6. Automatonophobia: fear of ventriloquist dummies

7. Coulrophobia: fear of clowns

8. Ephebiphobia: fear of teenagers

9. Eosophobia: fear of the dawn

10. Katagelophobia: fear of ridicule

11. Linonophobia: fear of string

12. Lutraphobia: fear of otters

13. Phalacrophobia: fear of going bald

14. Pinaciphobia: fear of lists

15. Pogonophobia: fear of beards

16. Politicophobia: fear of politics

17. Pteronophobia: fear of feathers

18. Scriptophobia: fear of writing in public

19. Soceraphobia: fear of parents-in-law

20. Thassophobia: fear of idleness

21. Tyrannophobia: fear of tyrants
What terms would you add to the list, PR Daily readers?

This post was first published on Ragan Communication’s PR Daily.

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