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12 Peculiar Phobias

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There are hundreds of phobias. Most people know about claustrophobia (fear of closed places), xenophobia (fear of strangers), and acrophobia (fear of high places), but what about macrophobia? or globophobia? Hopefully, you don’t suffer from listophobia and will read on to learn about some lesser-known phobias.

  • Ablutophobia

    A person with this phobia has a fear of bathing or cleaning. Fortunately for AXE, it is rare.

  • Globophobia

    A phobia that makes clowns sad, globophobia is a fear of balloons.

  • Porphyrophobia

    This is a fear of the color purple, and we don’t mean the Alice Walker novel—though that might scare a person with bibliophobia, a fear of books.

  • Sesquipedalophobia

    Someone with this phobia has a fear of long words—which makes whoever came up with the term rather mean.

  • Chiroptophobia

    This is a fear of bats. You know, those creepy flying mammals that sleep upside down and sometimes suck blood.

  • Macrophobia

    This is a fear of long waits—which will likely afflict most people headed to the DMV.

  • Lachanophobia

    A phobia that affects children everywhere, it’s the fear of vegetables.

  • Anthophobia

    A fear of flowers, because sometimes daisies are just plain scary.

  • Hippophobia

    Fear of hippopotamuses? No, it’s the fear of horses.

  • Omphalophobia, Geniophobia, and Genuphobia

    Fear of belly buttons, chins, and knees, respectively.