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From Anatidae +‎ -phobia. Coined by Gary Larson in 1988 in a Far Side comic.[1]


anatidaephobia (uncountable)

  1. (humorous) The fear that one is being constantly watched by a duck.
    • 2010, Amber K, True Magick: A Beginner's Guide, Llewellyn Publications (2010), →ISBN, page 9:
      My regards to the ducks who watched me as I worked and gently encouraged me to stay on track. Even mild anatidaephobia has its uses.
    • 2013, Montgomery Trevour Halle-Bouern, Objects in the Mirror Aka Vulture Culture, iUniverse (2013), →ISBN, page 16:
      Worse than that, Thomas himself suffered from anatidaephobia, the fear that you were being watched by a duck. As a youth, every time those Aflac commercials came on, Thomas had to retreat to his room in anguish.
    • 2014, Ahava Leibtag, The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web, Morgan Kaufmann (2014), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      For example, Aflac, the insurance company, posted an ad featuring their duck mascot on the same page as an article about anatidaephobia—the fear that you are being watched by a duck (Figure 1.2).
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:anatidaephobia.


  1. ^ Larson, Gary (1989) The PreHistory of The Far Side: A 10th Anniversary Exhibit, Universal Press, →ISBN, retrieved August 14, 2017, page 89