The Alternative English Dictionary: aibohphobia

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Entry definition

aibohphobia etymology Deliberately constructed to be a palindrome, combining the suffix -phobia with its reversed spelling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) An irrational fear of palindrome.
    • 1983. Author unknown. Science Digest, page 103 The article was a disservice to those of us who are unfortunate enough to be afflicted with aibohphobia.
    • 1997. Richard Lederer. The Word Circus: A Letter-perfect Book, page 60 We trust that we've relieved any Aibohphobia, any fear of palindromes that you might have harbored.
    • 2004. Peter Seddon. Football Talk: The Language and Folklore of the World's Greatest Game, page 267 If you suffer from aibohphobia (fear of palindromes) you should skip a few pages while the rest of us go in search of…
antonyms:
  • ailihphilia

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