Emily’s Team Pick: List of Phobias

I used to go to the list of phobias in grade 8 and pick the funniest/strangest phobias and send them to my friends. I came across it again when I was googling ‘hippopotamus’ and google suggested ‘hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia’. Obvs my interest was peaked. Ironically enough, it’s the fear of long words.


Emily Choo started as an intern with Autostraddle when she was 18 years old. She's now 10 years older and lives in Toronto with her partner and cat. The defining moment of her career was when Riese said this about her: " I think Emily Choo is a very bright, 'poetically inclined' girl who pays attention to everything and knows almost everything (the point of stuff, how to read, how beautiful things feel, how scary things feel, etc.) but doesn't believe/accept/realize yet that she knows almost everything." She still doesn't believe she knows anything, so, thank you, Riese, for that.

Emily has written 124 articles for us.


  1. I used to think I was the only one who had this because everyone I spoke to would just laugh at me when I tried to describe it but THEN! LO AND BEHOLD, it’s real!

    Trypophobia – fear of holes, cracks and/or clusters; An irrational or obsessive fear of holes, cracks and/or clusters, or what might hide inside them.

    I refer to them as “clumpies”. I cannot handle this shit! I just want to tear off my face and die and throw up IN THAT ORDER. FLJSGHFDKJSKLJh FDKJHSFGKJ BLEAHGSGJHSF

    You might have it too actually. But if you do, be forewarned, the pictures are gruesome. http://ezinearticles.com/?Fear-of-Holes—Trypophobia&id=1629724 | http://images.google.com/images?q=trypophobia

    Haha hooray, irrational fears :P

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