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May 13, 2011This week's theme
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Cinders, the mysophobic piglet
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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: An irrational fear of dirt.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin myso-, from Greek mysos (filth) + -phobia (fear). Earliest documented use: 1879.
USAGE:"Cinders the piglet overcame her fear of mud with the help of a pair of boots. The six-month-old saddleback suffers from mysophobia."
And This Little Piggy Wore Wellies All the Way Home; The Times (London, UK); Jun 11, 2008.
See more usage examples of mysophobia in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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