One of my students is terrified of them ... particularly that of them rupturing ... Does anyone have a term?
Fran
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One of my students is terrified of them ... particularly that of them rupturing ... Does anyone have a term?

Globophobia: http://tinyurl.com/aaasa
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One of my students is terrified of them ... particularly that of them rupturing ... Does anyone have a term?

All your student needs to do is to visit any clinical psychologist with a wad of money in his/her hand, and the expert will be happy to find or coin a term that describes the phenomenon. It might take several visits to pin down the exact description, however, depending on the scale of the problem and/or the size of the wad of money.

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One of my students is terrified of them ... particularly that of them rupturing ... Does anyone have a term?

Montgolfear.
One of my students is terrified of them ... particularly that of them rupturing ... Does anyone have a term?

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Globophobia: hm

The opposite side to this is globophilia. Apparently some people are sexually stimulated by people blowing up balloons until they ... in a 15-year period according to one website). It's one of those things that new parents are often warned about.

I thought she was joking at first, never having heard of anyone with that phobia, but she was plainly quite distressed. I had to send her out of the room, puncture the balloons, and promise that anyone who "found" any more would be in deep doo-doo.
Fran
http://balloonbuddies.com/join.html Maybe your student could learn to stop fearing and come to really love balloons.

Very risible ...
Fran
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One of my students is terrified of them ... particularly that of them rupturing ... Does anyone have a term?

Globophobia: hm

The opposite side to this is globophilia. Apparently some people are sexually stimulated by people blowing up balloons until they pop (or not, depending). There web sites, and movies made especially for this specialized "interest". Some call themselves "looners".

Fear of balloons may be have some justification. Children die regularly from suffocation after inhaling uninflated or ruptured balloons (121 in the US alone in a 15-year period according to one website). It's one of those things that new parents are often warned about.
http://balloonbuddies.com/join.html
Maybe your student could learn to stop fearing and come to really love balloons.
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One of my students is terrified of them ... particularly that of them rupturing ... Does anyone have a term?

Montgolfear.

Excellent!

Peter Duncanson
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Montgolfear.

Excellent!

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