My goal is pretty much simple nonetheless challenging; I'm going to try and find as many English words as possible that are Greek. Challenge accepted. And trust me, there's a lot of them.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Every word with two compounds, the second being -phobia, is Greek and means the fear of something. Some of them are:

Agoraphobia. From Ancient Greek αγορά, agorá, gathering of people or place of gathering + φόβος, phobos, fear. The fear of wide open spaces, crowds, or uncontrolled social conditions.

Arachnophobia. From Ancient Greek αράχνη, arachnē, spider +‎ -phobia. An abnormal or irrational fear of spiders.

Photophobia. From Ancient Greek φῶς, phōs, light + φόβος, phobos, fear) is a symptom of abnormal intolerance to visual perception of light.

Acrophobia. From Ancient Greek ἄκρον, ákron , meaning peak, summit, edge + φόβος, phóbos, fear. It's an extreme or irrational fear of heights.

Hemophobia. From Ancient Greek αἷμα, haima, blood + φόβος, phobos, fear. It's the extreme and irrational fear of blood.

1 comment:

  1. All of these are very interesting. I don't know much about language of course - but there is a pod cast which I enjoy called "a way with words". The hosts take calls from people who want to know where a particular word or or phrase originated etc. Quite interesting - here's the link in case you want to try it


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