Sunday, March 04, 2007

fear of the walloons

Nostalgia feared she was the last to hear of the phobia lists but I didn't see them till she posted the link on her blog. I listed some of the best below (and marked my favorite with an *).

I personally suffer from Theologicophobia and Homilophobia, which in general leads to Hadephobia (as fear of the first two leads to the last). You're really screwed if you have, say, Barophobia, less so if you merely suffer from Geniophobia (since chins are easier to avoid than gravity). I have no idea who or what the Walloons are, but I'm sure they're less common than public bathrooms.

Albuminurophobia- Fear of kidney disease.
Anglophobia- Fear of England or English culture, etc.
Apotemnophobia- Fear of persons with amputations.
Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.*
Asymmetriphobia- Fear of asymmetrical things.*
Auroraphobia- Fear of Northern lights.
Bolshephobia- Fear of Bolsheviks.*
Barophobia- Fear of gravity.
Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks.
Dendrophobia- Fear of trees.
Dikephobia- Fear of justice.
Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch.*
Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news.
Erythrophobia or Erytophobia or Ereuthophobia- 1) Fear of redlights. 2) Blushing. 3) Red.
Geniophobia- Fear of chins.*
Hadephobia- Fear of hell.
Hellenologophobia- Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.
Helminthophobia- Fear of being infested with worms.
Homilophobia- Fear of sermons.
Levophobia- Fear of things to the left side of the body.*
Lutraphobia- Fear of otters.*
Metrophobia- Fear of poetry.*
Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
Ombrophobia- Fear of rain or of being rained on.
Ouranophobia or Uranophobia- Fear of heaven.
Panophobia or Pantophobia- Fear of everything.
Papaphobia- Fear of the Pope.
Papyrophobia- Fear of paper.
Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.
Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple.
Russophobia- Fear of Russians.*
Sesquipedalophobia- Fear of long words.
Symbolophobia- Fear of symbolism.*
Theologicophobia- Fear of theology.
Walloonphobia- Fear of the Walloons.*
Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat.*


edmund said...

Note: this comment may cause the swooning or shortness of breath commonly associated with sufferers from Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
The term Walloons (French: Wallons, Walloon: Walons) refers, in daily speech, to French-speaking Belgians from Wallonia, though when referring to its inhabitants with the meaning of citizen of Wallonia, the term "Wallonian" is more common. Many non-French-speaking observers (over)generalize Walloons as a term of convenience for all (even born and living in the Brussels Region) Belgian French-speakers, who are one of the two major groups in Belgium, the other being the Dutch-speaking Flemish. Walloon can also be used to refer to a Belgian soldier from the Wallonian Region.

Nostalgia said...

I actually said that I am "the last one to find out how hilarious the lists are" (I'd known the lists existed, of course). I'm glad you enjoyed it though! :)

Lucy said...

Yes, but "fear" worked better here. We have to make some sacrifices for the sake of art.

I found another phobia site which clarifies which of the phobias are jokes (surprisingly few, but including "the great mole rat"):

Jenny said...

What about the fear of posting something stupid? I'm always haunted by that one, especially when I read blogs as lovely, luminous and funny as yours!

That's often why I don't post, BTW. I am afraid to gush, afraid to say "I love this" again and again, but that's always what I think when I read your blog--perhaps because I so love your vision of the world and the way it comes through your blog.

Aleksii II said...

Fear of sermons, theology, and hell? How on Earth did you end up at a seminary?

Lucy said...

that is troubling...