Yesterday I wrote about my reaction to watching on TV the crowds celebrating the Black Hawks’ victory. That I was relieved, in a way, I was not in the middle of the human congestion. While I was writing I wondered what the phobia of crowds is called. I googled it and founded out: ochlophobia or enochlophobia. From the Greek word ‘ochlos’ = mob. My Webster gives “ochlocracy” meaning mob rule as an entry with the same root.
I was satisfied. And moved on.
You may remember, Gentle Reader, that, among other things, I like to solve crossword puzzles (especially the New York Times variety) and I have a propensity to experience coincidences.
Try this one on for size.
Later in the day yesterday I picked out one of the New York Times crosswords that I saved from several desk calendars a few years ago. Only the harder ones from later in the week. They have the answers on the back. I try not to peek.
And then it happened.
40 down. 6 letters. “What ochlophobists fear”
And guess what the ‘w’ connected with?
WIKIPEDIA! Where I got, of all things, the name of the phobia.