Fear Words: 1/21/2020Submitted by Executive Wealth Management on January 22nd, 2020
The Romans weren’t the only old-timers to have multiple fear words. The ancient Greeks used their basic word for fear phobos to construct names for every possible anxiety, no matter how trifling. So whether you were nervous around cheese (“turophobia”) or frightened by bushy beards (“pogonophobia”), the biggest scaredy-cats in antiquity had a term for your trepidation.
Throughout history, some have tried to quell these fears from yesteryear, most notably President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In his first inaugural address in 1933, he told the American people, “the only thing we have to fear is … fear itself.” Unfortunately, this statement just encouraged phobophobia – the fear of fear. And that was easily confused with the most fearsome fear of all: fauxbeauphobia - the fear that someone will discover that your boyfriend is imaginary. This terrible affliction tormented poor little Jan Brady during her entire relationship with George Glass on The Brady Bunch.