Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Here's another interesting source for Bee Words: the Phobia List

I found myself having to look up a word on line (anatidaephobia--it reportedly means fear of being watched by a duck, and one website I saw credits Far Side creator Gary Larson with its coinage--but I could not confirm that on the site). Looking through all that led to a very interesting website called the Phobia List ( Compiled by Fredd Culbertson as an outgrowth of his interest in words and etymology, this list organizes over 500 phobias by name and by definition. Looking through it, I couldn't find anatidaephobia or fear of anything to do with a duck, but it is a source of interesting and unusual words. Here's one for Bee players:
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words. I just might have to add that to the emergency word list for sudden death overtime!

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