10 Weird Literary Phobias and Manias for Book-Lovers
Unusual words about literature every book-lover needs to know
Previously we’ve considered some essential words book-lovers should know; one of the book-words we coined, bibliosmia, has even found its way into other corners of the internet, albeit in a small way. (See also this Amazon discussion about the word and the phenomenon it describes; it also appears to have become a semi-popular hashtag on picture-sharing sites.) Since we came up with ‘bibliosmia’, anyway, we’ve uncovered lots of other weird and wonderful words relating to writing, reading, and other book-related activities and experiences. Here are ten of our favourites.
Alogotransiphobia denotes the fear of being caught on public transport with nothing to read.
Hippomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a fear of long words. (We’ve compiled some of our favourite long words in literature here.)
Bibliokleptomania is the abnormal desire to steal books.
Typomania denotes a mania for writing for publication.
Metromania denotes the compulsion to write poetry.
Phronemophobia is a fear of thinking.
Sophophobia is a fear of learning.
Bibliophobia is a fear of books. (Can such a thing exist? Apparently so – it’s related to a desire for censorship and book-burning – or bibliocaust.)
And since ‘bibliomania’ is a mania for books and ‘oniomania’ denotes a mania for buying things, we’ll leave you with our own suggestion, denoting ‘a mania for buying books’: biblioniomania. Though whether that one will take off in quite the same way as bibliosmia, we’re not sure. Our previous attempt to coin a word, ambibibliopropria (being unable to remember, when browsing in a second-hand bookshop, whether or not you already own a particular book), hasn’t exactly flown into the Urban Dictionary yet…
For more wonderful words, have a look at some of our favourite word-related facts and our 15 great neologisms for modern phenomena and experiences.
Image: Couple reading books (picture credit: Erin Kelly on Flickr).