Glossectophobia

I was depositing some checks at the ATM yesterday, and I was in a bit of a rush.  I was trying to keep Devin under control as I swiped my card and punched in my numbers.  I stuffed the checks into an envelope and whisked the flap across my tongue.  The stinging sensation of the paper cut I got gave me an immediate flashback to the week before, when at a banquet I was licking the envelope for a thank you card to a preceptor.  The intern accross the table from me said “Aren’t you afraid you’ll cut your tongue?”  I shot her a puzzled look like: “Why should I be afraid of something like that?”

So I have created a new word from greek word roots: Glossectophobia – fear of cutting your tongue!

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