A phobia is an irrational, excessive fear of something. Many -phobia words that have been in the language for years: acrophobia (fear of heights), claustrophobia (fear of closed-in spaces), herpetophobia (fear of snakes).
The familiar -phobia suffix is also handy for writers to coin new words. I just ran across this one: carbophobia, which any reader will be able to understand means the irrational fear of carbohydrates. I don’t think that phobia is officially recognized, though.
Here is The Phobia List, for those who aren’t afraid to learn more.
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