Pronounced: KLOW-der, noun

Notes: All I can see is “chowder” misspelled.

Yesterday’s word

The word coulrophobia is “the fear of clowns”

First usage

Our word came into English in the 1980s

Background / Comments

I assume that our word came into English later because clowns were originally supposed to be funny; it was later that clowns began to be seen as creepy. I don’t know anyone that truly suffers from coulrophobia, but I have heard of people that don’t like clowns. The word comes from the Greek words kolobatheron (stilt) and -phobia (fear). I assume that clowns were frequently on stilts, or falling off of them (for comic effect), and this is why the Greek word for ‘stilt’ was used.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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