Rural Missouri - October 2013 - (Page 42)
Nearly everyone does.
uddy Bear says cucurbitophobia stops him from enjoying October sometimes. So from which phobia
does he suffer? Sadly, Buddy has a fear of pumpkins. That’s why he hasn’t ever been able to carve a
jack-o’-lantern for Halloween!
Nearly everyone has a fear of something. Many people suffer from arachnophobia (fear of spiders), aviophobia (fear of ﬂying) and hemophobia (fear of blood). But there are many phobias that you might not have heard
of before, such as peladophobia (fear of bald people) or arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter getting stuck
to the roof of your mouth). Silly, huh? Well, maybe not if you’re really scared of those things.
Now, without looking online or using a dictionary, try to match these phobias up with the correct deﬁnition.
Hope you don’t have logophobics (an obsessive fear of words), or this might be difﬁcult! The answers can be
found below. Don’t look until you’ve tried to ﬁgure them out on your own!
hand at my
word watch. It’s easy.
I’ll list three words for
you to ﬁnd. Read the
stories in Rural Missouri
and look for the words.
When you ﬁnd them,
send me a note telling
me the stories where
you found the words,
what each word means
as it’s used in the story and your age.
If you get all the words right, your name
goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy
Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to ﬁve
winners each month. Send your answers to:
1) Those tunes terrify me! My fear is . . .
2) I’m NOT eating those! My fear is . . .
3) There’s nothing I can eat. My fear is . . .
4) Not THAT number! My fear is . . .
5) I can’t speak to your club! My fear is . . .
6) Ouch! My fear is . . .
7) I can’t see anything! My fear is . . .
Kids, please wait a month before re-entering
— and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15.
Entries must be written by the youth, please.
8) Unlock the door! My fear is . . .
Can you ﬁnd this month’s words?
9) I am unable to cross the road. My fear is . . .
luff, grotesque and terminus
10) Counting sheep isn’t helping! My fear is . . .
11) Buzz, buzz, go away! My fear is . . .
12) No bath for me! My fear is . . .
ANSWERS: 1) melophobia, the fear of music; 2) lachanophobia, a fear of vegetables; 3) cibophobia, a deep fear or hatred of
food; 4) triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13; 5) glossophobia, the fear of public speaking; 6) algophobia, the fear of
pain; 7) achluophobia, the fear of the dark; 8) cleisiophobia, the fear of being trapped in a conﬁned space; 9) dromophobia,
the fear of crossing streets; 10) hypnophobia, the fear of falling asleep; 11) apiphobia, a fear of bees; and 12) ablutophobia,
the fear of washing or bathing.
Do you know a youth, age 15 or under, who’s doing something cool as a hobby or little business? Tell us about them!
Send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You might see them on a future Just4Kids page.
Buddy Bear’s Word Watch
P. O. Box 1645
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Entries must be received by Oct. 10.
Congratulations to last month’s winners!
Virginia Nolt, Alicia Flowers, Joseph Downen,
Zeph Macomber and Chloe Wood
What phobia would make a
grave diggers job difﬁcult?
Coimetrophobia — the fear of cemeteries.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - October 2013
Rural Missouri - October 2013
Schooled on sailing
A deer dilemma
Therapy for the heart & soul
Out of the Way Eats
Charge of the Iron Brigade
Hearth and Home
Rural Missouri - October 2013