Loving Linguistics


Are you afraid of love? A phobia is a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. The word phobia is Greek often used as a suffix, -phobia, and is coupled with another Greek or Latin rout to produce a word with the meaning “fear of…” For example, triskaidekaphobia means “fear of the number 13.” This edition’s puzzle is a crossword of ‘Valentine’ Phobias.

ACROSS

2. Fear of Touching or Being Touched
5. Fear of Love
6. Fear of Jealousy
8. Fear of the Birds and Bees
9. Fear of Commitment
10. Fear of Flowers
11. Fear of Physical Love
12. Fear of any kind of Pleasure or Having Fun
13. Fear of Women

DOWN

1. Fear of Blushing
3. Fear of Men
4. Fear of Furs
7. Fear of Marriage