One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extreme dislike of beards.‘my pogonophobia possibly stems from my inability to grow one’
- ‘Paxman said yesterday that he was undecided whether to persist with his new appearance but, in typically acerbic fashion, accused his employers of pogonophobia - a fear of beards.’
- ‘He's struck a blow against pogonophobia, and claimed beards back for the squares.’
- ‘He develops a crazed pogonophobia.’
- ‘Prejudice against beards (pogonophobia) is a relic of an age when beards seemed shifty.’
- ‘Being rather a hairy chap, I'm glad that neither myself nor my loved ones suffer from pogonophobia.’
- ‘Pogonophobia is breaking out in grounds across the land.’
- ‘While I wouldn't go so far as to say I suffer from pogonophobia, I am not really down with the things.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek pōgōn ‘beard’ + -phobia.
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