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Deliberately constructed to be a palindrome, combining the suffix -phobia with its reversed spelling.



aibohphobia (uncountable)

  1. (humorous, nonce word) An irrational fear of palindromes.
    • 1983, Author unknown, Science Digest, page 103:
      The article was a disservice to those of us who are unfortunate enough to be afflicted with aibohphobia.
    • 1997, Richard Lederer, The Word Circus: A Letter-perfect Book, page 60:
      We trust that we've relieved any Aibohphobia, any fear of palindromes that you might have harbored.
    • 2004, Peter Seddon, Football Talk: The Language and Folklore of the World's Greatest Game, page 267:
      If you suffer from aibohphobia (fear of palindromes) you should skip a few pages while the rest of us go in search of []
    • 2006 Feb, NewScientist, page 56, column 3:
      We hope, however, that in passing this on we don't provoke any attacks of aibohphobia among our readers. This pallindrome, as Alan Lane discovered, means "an abnormal and persistent fear of pallindromes".