Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day


cremnophobia (KREM-noh-foh-bee-ah) - n., a morbid fear of precipices or steep cliffs.

As distinct from heights in themselves. Chosen because I'm running a C-themed week in my journal. I get the impression this is not diagnosed very often, as it tends to get subsumed under acrophobia. Coined from Greek kremnos, overhanging cliff + phobos, fear.

My cremnophobia kept me from entering the slot canyon -- I couldn't stop obsessing over the possibility that those sheer walls would chose THAT MOMENT to crumble and CRUSH us, or worse bury us alive.

Tags: c, greek, noun

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