The word for the day

On ADS-L: on Nov 7, 2013, at 7:58 AM, Bill Mullins wrote:

Subject:  Re: hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia
Pardon a direct question.  Is this fear of “666”?


Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia (derived from Ancient Greek roots ἑξακόσιοι [hexakósioi, “six hundred”], ἑξήκοντα [hexékonta, “sixty”], and ἕξ [héx, “six”]; literally meaning “fear of [the number] six hundred sixty-six”) is the fear that originated from the Biblical verse Revelation 13:18, which indicates that the number 666 is the Number of the Beast, linked to Satan or the Anti-Christ.

One Response to “The word for the day”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    On ADS-L, Randy Alexander wonders how to pronounce the word — presumably, main accents on hex throughout — and Larry Horn suggests:

    Well, we could shift it to “bestiaenumerophobia” or “diabolinumerophobia” if hybrids are allowed. Easier to pronounce, anyway.

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