Still life by Frans Snyders‘Grapes’ and More Phobia Limerick Riddles by Jan Darling The Society January 15, 2020 Culture, Humor, Poetry, Riddles 9 Comments Grapes Peel me a grape But remove the seed I love the flesh But have no need Of hard encounters In the skin Juicy, fat, dry or thin. On second thoughts—feed me gin. More Phobia Limerick Riddles Each poem below describes a phobia. Guess what the person is scared of in each. For extra credit try to name the phobia’s official name. Post your answers in the comments section below. Phobia 7 The gentleman Benjamin Howth was ignored by the west and the south all because he forgot just who was and was not– he was frightened to open his mouth. Phobia 8 She was young and she worked in a hole Where she spent every day like a mole, But to celebrate night While she hid from the light She would dance on a nice grassy knoll. Phobia 9 Some may say ‘tis a gift to be true To see someone who’s truly like you, But for some it’s a fear That you really are near– It’s a view you would rather eschew. Phobia 10 In a cave he would never be found, For he’d suffer just from the mere sound; With a fear that’s intense, He’d take leave of his sense If a flapping he heard all around. Phobia 11 She would tremble with fear every morn At the sound that her senses did warn, Of the danger too near In the reeds at the weir Something slimy that sounds like a horn. Jan Darling is a New Zealander who has worked in Auckland, Wellington, London, Barcelona, New York and Sydney at copywriting and marketing strategy. She has spent her leisure time over sixty years writing poetry and short stories. Now retired, she lives in pastoral New South Wales with her husband Arturo. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 9 Responses Alan January 15, 2020 I’m just guessing on some of these. I haven’t looked up the official names, but I thought I’d create some, just for fun. Phobia 7: fear of forgetting names? (senilaphobia) Phobia 8: fear of light? (lucephobia) Phobia 9: fear of one’s doppelganger? (twinaphobia) Phobia 10: fear of bats? (flyingfurryphobia) Phobia 11: fear of snakes or thorns (really no idea)? Reply Alan January 15, 2020 At the med school’s a student named Hicks Who abhors what her textbook depicts, For she takes quite a fright At a human drawn right, And her phobia censors all limericks. Reply Jan Darling January 15, 2020 Was that the Hicks’ whose father was a policeman? This may explain the poor girl’s fear: A policeman from Clapham Junction whose penis had ceased to function for years of his life bamboozled his wife with the dexterous use of his truncheon. That was one of the first limericks I heard and was told me by my favourite aunt who had spent 14 years as a Nun! Jan Darling January 15, 2020 Thank you Alan – your names are quite delicious! Here’s another set of clues to help you. On Monday – I’ll reveal the proper names. Phobia 7: extreme timidity Phobia 8: better try a fake tan Phobia 9: reflect a little longer Phobia 10: don’t go near the belfry Phobia 11: he’s not in his Hall It’s almost more fun making them up! Reply C.B. Anderson January 16, 2020 Phobia 10 must be something like chiropteraphobia. Phobia 8: heliophobia? Phobia 9: speculaphobia Phobia 11: salientaphobia or ranidaphobia? Reply Jan Darling January 17, 2020 Thank you CB. You have scored two goals. Please check back on Monday for the phobias plus symptoms. Reply C.B. Anderson January 18, 2020 Jan, I shall. Jan Darling January 20, 2020 Thank you Alan and CB for playing my game. PHOBIA 7: ATYCHIPHOBIA or KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA This is an abnormal and irrational fear of failure which, in clinical cases, is totally debilitating. The fear of even the most subtle failure or defeat is so intense that it restricts the subject from doing anything at all. PHOBIA 8: HELIOPHOBIA. CB pinned it perfectly. It is recognised as a specific phobia and is the fear of sunlight or any bright light. PHOBIA 9: EISOPTROPHOBIA. I loved writing this one. It is the fear of seeing oneself in a mirror, derived from Greek ‘eisoptro’ meaning mirror and ‘phobia’ meaning fear, with which of course we are familiar. CB’s offering of SPECULAPHOBIA was both bold and brilliant and probably does exist in some language. It refers to the ‘speculum’ which is the metal or glass reflector in the reflecting telescope. PHOBIA 10: CHIROPTOPHOBIA. I expected a guess involving hands but CB’s accurate offering did create an excited fluttering in my wings. (Not that I’m at all batty.) Sufferers of this phobia experience intense fear, even panic, at the thought or sight of bats. If they find themselves in the presence of bats they will feel extreme anxiety and immediate danger. PHOBIA 11: BUFONOPHOBIA. This is a specific phobia rooted in Latin ‘bufo’ and Greek. It is the fear of toads, related to Batrachophobia (fear of frogs, newts, salamanders). I liked CB’s Salientaphobia – the same association leapt to my mind, as did his Ranidaphobia, which I thought could reasonably refer to ‘rana’, which is Spanish for frog. Alan – you definitely deserve a special mention for your splendid offerings. You should be proud of them. Playing the game is more important than winning it. I leave you with this very special word: HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA It is one of the longest words in the dictionary, AND it is DELICIOUSLY IRONIC! Can you guess it? It’s the perfect candidate for idle cocktail chatter. If you haven’t guessed it – watch this space tomorrow. Reply Jan Darling January 31, 2020 Leaping Lizards! I neglected to reveal the meaning of this wonderful word: HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA It is the fear of long words! My apologies. 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