Corrections of the Phobia List
How we Corrected the Words we Found
We have searched the major online dictionaries for words on -phobia, -philia, and -mania and have added or soon will add legitimate derivations from that list. The suffixes in our series, -phobia, -philia, and -mania should be preceded either by an o or an e, rarely i or y; Greek allowed no other vowels and no consonants in this position. Since these semisuffixes are Greek, they should be combined only with Greek words. However, we have left some Latin-Greek mixed compounds in (frigophobia), but words based on constituents from languages other than these two have been culled, e.g. gatophobia, based on Spanish gato "cat", levophobia based on Bulgarian, or Russian levo "to the left" or snakephobia. (While the last form is illegitimate, given the fact that phobia has become an independent noun, snake phobia is acceptable.)
The table below contains a list of some typical corrections we performed.
|levophobia||things on the left||Russian or Bulgarian stem|
|spectrophobia||specters or ghosts||English stem|
|samhainophobia||Halloween, Samhain||Gaelic; marked as a joke|
|siderophobia||iron or steel||Corrected the meaning|
|ancraophobia||wind||Root not Greek or Latin|
|lockiophobia||childbirth||Root not Greek or Latin|
|pteromerhanophobia||flying||Root not Greek or Latin|
|scotomaphobia||blindness in visual field (?)||Root not Greek or Latin|
|soteriophobia||dependence on others||Root not Greek or Latin|
|poliosophobia||contracting poliomyelitis||Typo corrected|
|gynophobia||women||Apparent o/e Typo corrected|
|zeusophobia||Zeus||Zeus is not a Greek stem|
- For the list of phobias, click here
- For the list of philias, click here.
- For the list of manias, click here.