Philes and phobias

It's a love-hate thing

Phobia: an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. Phile: a combining form denoting a person or thing having a fondness for a specified thing.

If you're reading this, you're probably a logophile (lover of words), and you're not alone – we're with you on that one. But there are many more philes and phobias out there, some extremely odd. Here's a list of some of the strangest we could find:

Abibliophobia

An obsessive fear of being without books. Similarly, bibliophilia is the love of books.

Androphobia

Fear of men. You guessed it, androphilia is the love of men.

Amathophobia

Fear of dust.

Anglophobia

Fear of all things English. If that's you, you should probably leave now.

Autophilia

Love of being alone.

Bufonophilia

Love of toads. Really, though? Ew.

Cacophilia

Love of ugliness. But surely, if you love the ugly, doesn't it become beautiful? Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

Cometophobia

Fear of comets.

Deipnophobia

Fear of dining. (We absolutely cannot relate to that. We love dinner.)

Dextrophilia

Love of all things to the right. Probably not Beyoncé fans, then...

Enissophilia

Love of being criticised. All in the name of self improvement, we assume.

Gephyrophilia

Love of crossing bridges. (Of course, gephyrophobia is the fear of such things.)

Genophobia

Fear of sex.

Hedonophobia

Fear of feeling pleasure. (Who are these people?!)

Homilophobia

Anyone who grew up in a Church of England school will understand this: fear of sermons. Damn, they were boring.

Kyphophobia

Fear of stooping. Not ideal for tall people or miners.

Kopophilia

Love of fatigue. Is this just an excuse to sleep more?

Lutraphilia

Love of otters. Come on, who could say no to these?!

Merinthophilia

Love of being tied up. Whatever you're into...

Metathesiophobia

Fear of change. Similarly, neophobia is fear of anything new.

Nudophobia

Fear of nudity.

Oneirogmophobia

Fear of wet dreams. Though, to be more gender-inclusive, we should also mention oneirophobia, which is a general fear of dreams.

Papaphilia

Love of the Pope. Who doesn't love the Pope?!

Peladophilia

Love of bald people.

Polyphobia

Fear of many things.

Socerophobia

Fear of your in-laws. Don't we all have this? Similarly, syngeneaphobia is the fear of relatives. Now there's a way to get out of those awkward family Christmas lunches.

Thassophilia

Love of sitting. Any excuse for a comfy seat...

Tyrannophilia

An obsessive love of tyrants? Bizarre...

Xerophobia

Fear of dryness. Bring me the moisturiser!

Xenoglossophilia

Love of foreign languages.

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