It’s Greek to Me Essay

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I wanted to focus on the Greek root words we have used to create modern English words. So I concentrated on the Latin word “phobia" which comes from the Greek word "phobos" meaning fear. Phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. (It originated in English as a suffix around the 1786 by nouns extracted with the ending of phobia.) It is a strong fear, dislike, or aversion, as stated on dictionary.com. These phobias are separated into three main categories: specific, social, and public openness. A specific phobia is fear of a single specific panic trigger. Phonophobia: fear of sound. From the Greek word "phone" which means voice or sound. Some also suggest that it is the fear of voices and fear of telephones. The number one simple phobia, which is often things we are afraid of but usually do us no harm, is Arachnophobia: fear of spiders. Arachnophobia" is derived from the Greek "arachne" meaning spider. Social phobia is the fear of other people or social situations such as performance anxiety or fears of embarrassment by scrutiny of others. Sociophobia: fear of embarrassment in social situations; "Sociophobia" is derived from the Latin "socius" which means companion. Or Glossophobia: fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak. Could also be the fear of language. The Greek word for language is "glossa." Public openness is defined as a generalized fear of leaving home or a small familiar safe area. Agoraphobia is the fear of public places, open areas, or fear of crowds, also the fear of leaving or travelling too far from a safe place. Agoraphobia comes from the Greek "agora," meaning marketplace. Xenophobia fear of strangers or foreigners, is derrived from the Greek word "xenos" which means stranger. Neophobia: fear of anything new, of innovation, new situations, places,

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