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What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby DARKastheRAIN » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:00 am

I'm trying to construct a word that means fear of the different. something -phobia. The obvious thing that comes to mind in heterophobia, but since this would automatically make people think of heterosexuality it won't work so well. Is there another word I could use. I can't find a preexisting word for the concept. The closest thing I can find is xenophobia but that's really the fear of foreigners. I need need something more universal, just that which is different in general.
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Re: What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby Markos » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:10 am

αλλοφοβια or αλλοτριαφοβια
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Re: What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby DARKastheRAIN » Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:32 am

Yeah, I thought of that one. Fear of the other. But I looked it up to see if it had been used before and it had but it wasn't clear how it was being used, so I wasn't sure if it would work or if it meant something else. Is it an actual word in English? Could it be used for the general fear people have of anything that is different from what they see as the norm, the cultural norm, or possibly even extend to the fear of being themselves different from the cultural norm?

Perhaps I need a word that means unusual, uncommon, or abnormal.
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Re: What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby Markos » Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:37 pm

Dark as the Rain wrote

Yeah, I thought of that one. Fear of the other. But I looked it up to see if it had been used before and it had but it wasn't clear how it was being used, so I wasn't sure if it would work or if it meant something else.


Hi,

In any language, meaning is determined by usage. If you use it that way, that is what it means.

Is it an actual word in English?


It is now.
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Re: What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby DARKastheRAIN » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:41 pm

^It's for an essay concerning the evolution and etymology of language. It's hardly gonna reflect well if I use a word in a way that isn't etymologically sound.
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Re: What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby Markos » Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:36 pm

σε συνηκα. It is etymologically sound. It means the opposite of homophobia, but without the sexual connotation. For that matter, you could go with ἀνομοφοβἰα.
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Re: What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby DARKastheRAIN » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:23 pm

^I wasn't saying it was necessarily a bad choice. I was just pointing out the importance of it being a good choice. I might use allophobia.

Anomophobia is interesting. Is in from an + homos not homos? But the disappearance of the h takes away the obvious connection. Is this where the word anomaly comes from?
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Re: What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby Markos » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:36 pm

Yes, that's the etymology. You bring up an interesting point about the h sound. I wonder if the Ancient Greeks, at least before the h sound was lost altogether, pronounced the rough breathing in the middle of a word. I do not know the answer to that. ερρωσο.
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Re: What's a word for different apart from heteros?

Postby spiphany » Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:45 pm

DARKastheRAIN wrote:Anomophobia is interesting. Is in from an + homos not homos?

I would interpret it as a + nomos (law, custom, norm).

But of course, if it's a word you've coined, you get to determine what the etymology is...you just have to be aware that when others are confronted with a novel word, they may not see the same thing in it that you do.
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