PRONUNCIATION: (uhr-guh-FO-bee-uh)

MEANING: noun: An abnormal fear of or aversion to work.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek ergon (work) + phobia (fear). Earliest documented use: 1905.

ERGOPHOBIA - fear of making a decision; fear of commitment

EGOPHOBIA - fear of self *

MERGOPHOBIA - fear of being acquired by a competitor

EGGOPHOBIA - fear of toasted waffles

Wherever I go
I go too
And spoil everything
-- Samuel Hoffenstein, Proem, 1923