Dark Bilious Vapors

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01/30/2005: Phobias...and other Quirks in Life

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Karen's phobia. (And some day....way, way off in the distant future I'll regale you with My Phobia Funny Stories...just NO pictures, please!)

I've always gone for the Spanish version of Tiburonaphobia; Len, the Trivia Master, informs this is really called: selachophobia.

Click on more button to look below the "flap" to see all the "phobia" things I don't like:

Shark Movies to avoid:

Blue Water; White Death
Jaws 1, 2 ,3
Jaws the Revenge
Open Water
Deep Blue Sea
Bruce the Shark
Island of the Sharks
Sharks 3D (IMAX)
Shark's Treasure
Shark Attack 3
Nova Shark Specials
Nat. Geographics Shark Specials

Shark celeb spot appearences & cartoons:

Island of the Blue Dolphin
Zeus & Roxanne
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
The Perfect Storm
Back to the Future part II (Jaws appears)
Shark Tale
Kenny the Shark Boy

Places I've "hung out with sharks":

Minneapolis Zoo Shark tanks
Shedd Aquarium
Disney Typhoon Lagoon "Swim with the Shark" pool
Sea World Underwater Tube walkway

Places I've been snorkling "a little too close" to sharks:

Buck Island Nat. Park - St. Thomas / St Croix
Aruba scuba diving
Sting Ray Bay- Caymen Islands
Cancun Mexico

ps. My own pet theory about my selachophobia is (if I believed in reincarnation) was that I must have been some sea-creature that got EATEN by a shark in a past life OR I'm going to get EATEN in the future...so I'm worried about it NOW. Psychic memories die hard! (and I did google "selachophobia" and found tons of listings...but --since I'm a chicken-- I don't want to go clicking on entires without knowing how many of them don't put up pictures of sharks? You'd think writing information meant for people *AFRAID* of sharks they'd "get it" about why NOT to include pictures..but....)

Karen on 01.30.05 @ 07:39 AM CST

Replies: 2 comments

on Sunday, January 30th, 2005 at 11:33 AM CST, Len Cleavelin said

Where the heck did you get "tiburonaphobia" from? Note the number of hits you get googling "selachophobia" vs. the number you get googling "tiburonaphobia", and come to your own conclusions.

Note that for the record "official" phobia names are coined by adding the Greek (preferred) or Latin (alternate) root for the thing feared to the suffix "-phobia", which derives from the Greek for "fear" (hence, the preference for Greek roots over Latin ones).

The use of languages not Greek or Latin is deprecated, save in very casual contexts. For example, I'd forgive your using "sharkophobia" in a post, given that "selachophobia" would zing right over most people's heads. But "tiburonaphobia" is right out....

on Sunday, January 30th, 2005 at 11:52 AM CST, Karen McLauchlan said

Tiburon is the Spanish word for SHARK. Besides...as I already cop-ed...I don't speak or know Latin. (LOL) I've tried to read as much about them as I could (You should never not KNOW about what you're afraid of)...but YOU try finding a book about sharks without any PICTURES of them. So, I've never come across their Latin classification/designation...must not have been in the few books I could read.
But this Tiburon was a pretty good substitute...worked for me ;-)

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