Many of us have fears of one sort or another, but for those of us with a fear that bridges into phobia, or "a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it," those fears are on the next level.
Phobias, and the words that describe them, are real, and you should never be judgmental about them. Some of them are very complex and hard to pronounce, although Lucy does a great job with the tongue twisters at her doctor's booth in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (by the way, if you have a fear of Christmas, you have Christougenniatikophobia).
Check out this selection of incredible phobias, and feel free to leave feedback on Twitter and Facebook (dictionarycom).
Ailurophobia is an abnormal fear of cats. Yes, maybe even cute little ones.
Even though we just congratulated Lucy from Peanuts, we've got to correct her here: every Christmas we hear Lucy say "if you're afraid of cats, you have ailurophasia." Whoops. All these years, she's been getting "50 cents, please" for the wrong answer. Good grief.
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