Friday, April 28, 2017

Day 2752 - what does Pteronophobia mean?

Who's afraid of the big bad ... feather?

There are a lot of phobias in this world, but one of the most interesting I've heard about in recent times is pteronophobia which is the fear of being tickled by feathers.

The word comes from the Ancient Greek word of pteron (which means feather) and phobia (which means an extreme irrational fear of something).

 It is generally accepted that phobias come about from a combination of traumatic events and heredity or genetics. So don't traumatise your kids with feathers people!

How's that for a Friday Fun Fact! 

What are you afraid of?

Do feathers scare you? 


  1. Now that is a fun Friday fact. Will I remember that word though?

  2. I wonder how you pronounce that? I'm frightened of so many things - cockroaches, mice and heights but that's just for starters!

  3. Hmmm...I love feathers, I collect feathers, there must be someone out there I could torture with my feather collection....hehehehe

  4. Great Friday Fun Fact - and thanks for linking it up as your Ultimate Rabbit Hole link xox


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