Greetings Fellow BookNerds!
When I first started this blog about 4 years ago – I can’t believe it’s already been that long! My how time flies – I had several different themes going at once, mostly because I still wasn’t quite sure what the focus of this blog was going to be. One of them was a weekly theme called ‘Word of the Week’, which those of you who have stuck around for a while might still remember. Basically, every week I would post a new word that I had never heard of before, and which I found to be of great interest based on the complexity of the word, its origin and its meaning. The only reason I stopped this particular segment was because I was trying to narrow the focus of my blog on books alone. But you know what? When it comes to books, there will always be words we don’t recognize, no matter how well we think we know our own language.
I also felt rather motivated after spending a great deal of time with my new roommates, both of whom are foreign exchange students, and both of whom speak at least two different languages outside of English. It’s funny how we have a tendency to become more interested in our own native tongue when learning about that of another. That’s been the case for me, anyway. So, in light of bringing back an old favourite, here is a word that may be frightening to some, assuming you have it.
This is one of those words that took me a few tries before I figured out how it was supposed to be pronounced. If the picture wasn’t enough of a hint, kakorrhaphiophobia is the fear of failure. It’s one of those phobias that I figure most of us – if not everyone – experience at least once every day. Of course, not everyone experiences it to the degree where it could be considered a phobia, but the fear of failing at something is not uncommon. For some, this phobia can be crippling, to the point where those affected are incapable of even attempting to do anything where there is the risk of not succeeding. According to a quick internet search, the name of this phobia is a combination of the Greek word ‘kako’ (bad/evil) and of course phobia (fear). Of course, I am not a linguist, so if there is someone out there among my wonderful followers who happens to know a bit more about this phobia, I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.
I am going to try my utmost best to make this a weekly thing. If you have words that you would like to recommend, or are curious to learn a bit more about them, just leave them in the comments below, or visit the World In Writing Facebook page and leave a comment on my page. Until next time, happy reading!