Words with Webster
Hi, all! Webster here, bringing you another installment of Words with Me. Today’s word is a little bit or completely made up by me and Mommy. We were talking about superstitions (it being Friday the 13th and all), and we wondered if there was a specific word for the fear of black cats. So we asked the Internet in various ways and found nothing, zilch, nada. We did find “fear of cats” (ailurophobia) and “fear of black” (melanophobia), so we just put them together to make our word:
melanoailurophobia: The fear of black cats.
This word is made from the Greek roots
ailuros, “cat”; and
Here it is used in a sentence:
Mitch had suffered from melanoailurophobia ever since his sister’s black cat scratched him when he was mean to her.
|If you're afraid of this cat, you might suffer from|
melanoailurophobia: fear of black cats.
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We think it’s a pretty good word, and we’re not sure why it’s not a “word” word (you know, in a dictionary and everything). We even checked the Oxford English Dictionary and didn’t find it. The only place we found it was on another blog, Dances with Dogs.
Whether melanoailurophobia is “word” word or not, we think it’s too bad that some people might be afraid of black cats. I used to livewith a black cat, and he was really cool and nice, and he taught me a lot. So I sort of hope this word doesn’t catch on, but then you know how superstitious and all some people are.
Old SoLT’s answers
Real Cat Paisley’s answers3. Truth be told I am superstitious about keeping a dog in the house. I’m sure this is very bad luck.
4. Lately, I have been sitting at the top of the steps and not letting the dog come up. She is afraid of me. Ha!