Exquisite Wordiness



Hi bookworms! Welcome to my weekly meme: Exquisite Wordiness! If you still don’t know what this is all about, here’s a brief introduction: basically, Exquisite Wordiness is a “Word of the Week” kind of post, but every month there will be a sort of theme and all the words most be related to it.

October’s theme is “I’m afraid that…“. No, not the polite expressions British people use for everything. I don’t mean “I’m afraid that it’s past my bedtime” or “I’m afraid that we ran out of shortcake”. What I’m talking about is that gelid fear  that penetrates your skin, pollutes your blood, possesses your soul and clouds your judgement. The fear that makes you run faster than what you thought was humanly possible or cements your feet to the ground while the rest of your body quakes. October is the month of Halloween, of all the things dark and mysterious, of FEAR! That is why this month we will be exploring the most quirky and sinister phobias. Are you ride for the ride?

This week’s word is Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia! Can you guess what it is? I’m pretty sure that you’ll burst out laughing when you find out! Check out the definition from Dictionary.com:

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia n. fear of long words

Don’t you feel like they did it on purpose? Just imagine if you are one of those people that, for some unexplainable reason, are afraid of long words. I’m pretty sure that if you suffered from these phobia, then you would want to find out its name, right? So, carrying out the most normal and obvious course of action, you would naively google “fear of long words”. And then you would scream, pee your pants, run as far as you could… Soon someone would find you cradling your head between your knees in some corner of the house.

It is unexplainable that the word that describes the fear of long words has 36 letters. How sadistically ironic! Its like whoever made this word up wanted people to suffer!

But the question that is really filling my mind is why would you be afraid of long words? Well hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia doesn’t really scare me, but it kind of leaves me apprehensive. I keep wondering how the hell do you pronounce that – it is certainly one of those words that I wouldn’t dare to say in public. The truth is that I don’t even dare to write it. I just wrote in once and then copy-pasted it on the rest of the text #cheatingbutdon’tcare :p  Does this mean that I’m afraid of it? Maybe apprehension can be considered some mild form of fear and therefore I too suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. Gosh, how confusing is this?

I think that phobias is quite a touchy and subjective matter because it has a lot to do with people’s feelings and experiences. Maybe if a child was constantly bullied because he wasn’t able to pronounce long words, then I guess that as an adult he would probably try to avoid these kinds of words. I believe that phobias have a lot to do with traumatic events and we can’t really make fun of people that suffer from them. I would actually really want to talk to someone who suffers hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia and ask them why they fear long words. I would make sure to avoid mentioning hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia to them, though!

Here are a few more phobias that I found really interesting:
  • Bibliopholia: fear or hatred of books
    • Come on, really? How can you hate or fear books in general? I understand if someone hates a particular book, but all of them? I guess I’m a bit biased though since I have a book blog and all :p
  • Logophobia: fear of words
    • How do you communicate? Hand gestures? They do stand for words, you know? I honestly don’t understand why someone would be afraid of words in general. Afraid of speaking in public, sure, it is highly understandable, but of words?!
  • Graphophobia: fear of writing or handwriting
    • I guess that if someones is a really bad writer or their handwriting is absolutely illegible then they might be afraid of doing it. However, I believe that it is a bit more to do with the fear of being criticised for writing badly, don’t you think?

What about you? Do you suffer from any of these phobias? If so, please don’t feel offended by the way I talk about them, I would really like to know the motive behind them.

Leave your thoughts down below ⇟⇟ and watch your step, or you may fall down the reading hole!

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