One of my most popular posts is my “Lateness Phobia” one. Found here: No, never mind, I don’t know how to link a prior post to this one. Maybe someone can comment with that how-to *thanks*
Anyway, I’m pretty sure the post keeps coming up on the most-read list because a lot of people are trying to find the name for a phobia of being late by typing late(ness) phobia into Google’s search engine–but still. . . And I’m here to help! Apparently, this phobia–I know a bunch of people besides myself must have it–has no legit name. Yet. So I have taken the liberty of finding out how phobias are named so I can put a title on our plight.
To name a phobia, it is supposed to be the root in Greek + phobia. And the Greek for late/delayed is: xpovic or xpovielv, which I can’t begin to pronounce because as I’ve learned from speech and hearing sciences American General English phonotactics disallow an xp /ksp/ to be together in a word.
So though it breaks the rules (a little) I’m going to go with the Latin word for delayed. “Late” in Latin is sero. And to be serophobic is to be afraid of someone with the HIV/AIDS virus, which is obviously completely different from being afraid of being late. So I looked up the Latin word for delayed.
The word is–no kidding: “Retardatio.” That is awesome! So a phobia of being late/delayed is RETARDATIOPHOBIA. Which I suspect is pronounced with the politically INcorrect term for mentally disabled + an Itallian-sounding atio + phobic/phobia. “ree-tard-aa-she-oo,” I think, since I don’t know how to add phonetic symbols to a blog post.
I need a WordPress tutorial it seems. But now there is a label for my number one phobia–being delayed/late somewhere. You’re welcome.
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