Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

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When you spend as much time on the Internet as I do, you start to stumble across things that you didn’t go looking for… things you probably have no real interest in… things that serve no beneficial day-to-day purpose… but for some unknown reason they are things that I find really interesting.

My most recent find (and don’t ask me how I managed to come across this as I honest can’t remember) is the word: Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

So what does this mean? It is the fear of the number six-hundred sixty-six – 666. If you’re interesed, you can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

Now the number 666 certainly doesn’t scare me, but the knowledge that Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of the number 666 scares me. If you’re still with me on this one, I’ll explain why… Because I like to share these tidbits of useless knowledge with people.

Thanks to technology and social media, it’s quite easy to do that via a blog… but if I ever had the opportunity to speak to someone about this phobia verbally I’d be screwed – for starters I’d never be able to pronounce the word and even if I practiced how to say it everyday for a month, there’s more chance of George W Bush winning a Nobel Prize in physics than me remembering the word and it’s pronunciation when I finally have that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use it.

So I did some more research and found that fear of fear itself is called Phobophobia… now I’m not afraid of all fears, just Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. So if we were to apply the same naming convention for the fear of fear to the fear of the number 666 you’d end-up with Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiaphobia – now that’s something to be afraid of!

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  1. Right then here comes my rant: I read that post above and must say that I find it rather perplexing that someone can have a fear (or phobia) of developing an already existing phobia without actually having that phobia! I put a bit of thought to this (maybe too much actually) but I would like to go on record with what is acceptable for a rational minded person to fear and what they are not allowed to fear because it would make them an idiot – in fact I would go so far to say that if this “idiot” exists I wouldn’t just blame them, but any person (family or friend) that had a hand in raising them and moulding their adult mind to the point where they become an idiot by fearing the above mentioned state of mind. Below I have listed acceptable levels of phobia as according to ……… me

    1) the actual fear of something if they indeed do have that phobia
    2) if they had a phobia – faced it and overcome it then were fearful of regaining the phobia (same concept of a smoker who quits then worries about picking up the habit again)
    3) finally the last acceptable level of phobia is the phobia of assisting the raising of a person who has a fear of developing an already existing phobia without that person actually having the phobia – thus making an idiot out of them – that would be difficult to live with.

    Im a little worried about that last point as i grew up with Pete and as he may have the “idiot” sindrome i feel a little bit responsible for fostering his mental stability to the current state of affairs – Pete if you read this im sorry for helping you become an “idiot” 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. so i would really like to know how on earth to pronounce this … i have been trying to figure it out for hours now, with no luck unfortunately … any ideas??

  3. It’s not so hard to say if you just break it down into it’s components:

    hexa kosioi (600)
    hexe konta (60)
    hexa (6)
    phobia (fear)

  4. please will someone explain to me the etymology of hexE as opposed to hexA ?
    Many thanks,
    Jm
    References will be welcomed.

  5. 1830, from Pennsylvania Ger. hexe “to practice witchcraft,” from Ger. hexen “to hex,” related to Hexe “witch,” from M.H.G. hecse, hexse, from O.H.G. hagazussa (see hag). Noun meaning “magic spell” is first recorded 1909.

    However that doesn’t seem to be relevant to this article… so you’ll find that http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hexa- could be more useful although still doesn’t differentiate the proper usage between hexA and hexE.

    It seems that hexa is used when followed by consonants, however hex is used when followed by a vowel.

    Other than that – I’d suggest doing some Googling as I’m sure you’ll find a far better answer than this.

  6. Hexako sioihexe kontahexa phobia…. wow and i have to do a report on this for my psychology class ugghh where to start..if any of u have Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia then msg me >>www.myspace.com/troynpeach heeeeeeeelp!

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