Friday, 11 January 2008


Most of us will know somebody with a phobia, whether it be heights, enclosed spaces or the dinner dishes (my children). I am reliably informed that some Councillors have a phobia about this site (though I suspect that this fear is confused with “guilt”). Today’s Times (along with the New Statesman) has uncovered some strange fears. Here are a few to keep you afraid:

Nucleomituphobia – fear of nuclear war (very topical)

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliphobia – fear of long words (of course!)

Pentheraphobia – fear of the mother in law (oh yes)

Odontophobia – fear of dental work (or the bill)

To read the article, follow the link below. For further examples, follow the link below it (unless you have a fear of links)

You might also want to check out Sundays Edition of “That Was The Week That Was”, when I do believe the phobias of certain local dignitaries will be outlined!

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