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.

Before you go! It takes funding to keep this publication by and for queer women and trans people of all genders running every day. We will never put our site behind a paywall because we know how important it is to keep Autostraddle free. But that means we rely on the support of our A+ Members. Still, 99.9% of our readers are not members. A+ membership starts at just $4/month. If you’re able to, will you join A+ and keep Autostraddle here and working for everyone?

Join A+

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 100 articles for us.


  1. Papaphobia used to make me laugh. Until JP2 died. Now it’s just entirely understandable.

  2. emily you are special. i enjoy you.

    also, i’ve just self-diagnosed Ithyphallophobia.

  3. Stiney

    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

    • OHMYGODDDDDDDDEGKN%#^#$KNGQE i do this too. when i saw the lotus nipple picture i spent three hours taking a shower and another two calling people on the phone and trying to explain that i was panicking over holes.

      • i have it too. i want to rip my skin off right now just reading these two comments.

        the other day i yelled and almost threw a pancake across the room when i saw that texture on the bottom of it.


  4. Geniophobia- Fear of chins.
    That’s hilarious.

    Andre 3000 has a song called Chronomentrophobia which I love.

    I had to stop reading the list because the amount of phobias I identified with was becoming alarming.

  5. Dina

    I have aichmophobia like whoa. Drives me crazy.

  6. Shanay

    in 10th grade when my psych teacher would ask what triskaidekaphobia was we’d always answer that it was the fear of triskets. we thought we were being funny.

Contribute to the conversation...

Yay! You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated by the guidelines laid out in our comment policy. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation and thanks for stopping by!