Is this word even real?
Abibliophobia describes my world in 2020 and beyond. I googled it and it appears to be real. However, i wonder if it is even a real word. It seems to have only been around as long as the internet. I have nearly gone through my entire reading pile that I brought with me. It has been awesome and yet now that the pile has dwindled, i am starting to feel a little abibliophobic. I have asked friends to send me good books, I have purchased more online, I have raided the bookshelves at work. Between COVID-19, lack of travel, and just wanting to stay out of the line of fire, my stockpile has just about been eliminated.
I’m not afraid of many things, but I hate to be left alone or held hostage by certain circumstances with only my thoughts. Left in a waiting room or stuck on the pot, I read leaflets, cereal boxes, adverts and rot.
Abibliophobia is quickly becoming an epidemic, but not quickly enough.
“ Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity… We cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance. ”~A.E Newton
Speaking of frightful words, a curious fear I’ve suffered from on occasion, especially on long airplane flights, is abibliophobia, the fear of not having enough to read.
Another word I didn’t think was real?
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, which is one of the longest words in the dictionary — and, in an ironic twist, is the name for a fear of long words. I’m guessing there is really a word for everything.
Wait.. there IS a word for everything: the universe, every little thing, all things. aggregate, totality, barrel, the whole shebang, the whole schmear, everth, all-that, tock and barrel, the kitchen sink, the works, entirety, total, whole, the whole kit and caboodle, the whole shooting match, lock stock and barrel, part and parcel, the whole ball of wax, megillah, etc, etc