Friday the 30th’s New Word

…is xenoglossophobia. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.

3 Responses to “Friday the 30th’s New Word”

  1. bigmacbear says:

    Then of course there is xenoglossophilia (love of foreign languages). Sounds like something to do with Hamlet’s late lamented girlfriend, though. 😉

    Wouldn’t xenoglossolalia be utterly redundant though (glossolalia being the term for what is referred to as “speaking in tongues” in English-language Bibles)?

    The irony of all this is all these terms are themselves borrowed from Greek, if I recall correctly.

  2. chrishansenhome says:

    It’s easier to say “xenoglossophobia” than it is to say “Fear of foreign languages”.

    At least in English.

    I have “xenoglossolaliaphobia”, actually.

  3. ruth_lawrence says:

    Yu mean it’s wrong to despise Esperanto???