Pronounced: ANG-guhr, noun

Notes: No, this is not ‘anger’ misspelled

Yesterday’s word

The word mysophobia means “an excessive fear of dirt or filth”

First usage

Our word came into English in the late 1800s

Background / Comments

Everyone probably recognizes the -phobia (fear) suffix. The first part comes from the Greek word mýsos (pollution; defilement).

Rejected word

I decided not to use niveous (snowy; resembling snow). I remember from long-ago Spanish class the word nieve (snow), so I had this definition right.

Published by Richard

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

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