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Old 12-05-2017, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default Lemurophobia?

Is this a sensible name for a pathological fear of the undead (specifically - IIRC nekrophobia covers all of the dead)? Granted its a mixture of Latin and Greek...

And how would we cost this ... assuming a world in which such things exist (otherwise it would be a quirk at best ... or perhaps a delusion "undead exist and you should be scared of them")?
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:01 AM   #2
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There's already a word for this: Kinemortophobia. And yes, it's a real world thing.
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:08 AM   #3
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There's already a word for this: Kinemortophobia. And yes, it's a real world thing.
Fear of the moving dead, for a direct translation.
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:17 AM   #4
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Is this a sensible name for a pathological fear of the undead
Nothing pathological about fearing undead...

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Might still need to decide how often you'd encounter them. Are we talking the world of The Walking Dead (ubiquitous), Bram Stoker's London (rare and unknown), or the average Dungeon Fantasy setting (somewhere betwixt the other two)?
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:26 AM   #5
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There's already a word for this: Kinemortophobia. And yes, it's a real world thing.
That doesn't seem quite elegant; I'd think there would be an actual Greek word for walking corpses and the like. On the other hand, "lemur" has a Latin root and a Greek suffix. Still, if this is an attested existing word, it would be the one to use.
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:58 AM   #6
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That doesn't seem quite elegant; I'd think there would be an actual Greek word for walking corpses and the like. On the other hand, "lemur" has a Latin root and a Greek suffix. Still, if this is an attested existing word, it would be the one to use.
On top of that, "Lemurophobia" makes me think "fear of lemurs", those house cat-sized arboreal Madagascar primates that are a step below monkeys... :)
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:20 AM   #7
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A problem is that the first part of the word is Latin and the second part of the word is Greek. A more proper name might be pneumaphobia, the fear of spirits, or ptomaphobia, the fear of corpses.
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:16 AM   #8
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A problem is that the first part of the word is Latin and the second part of the word is Greek. A more proper name might be pneumaphobia, the fear of spirits, or ptomaphobia, the fear of corpses.
The combining form of pneuma is pneumato-, I believe. Combining forms are taken from the genitive rather than the nominative.
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:55 AM   #9
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Lemures are ghosts anyway, and if your ghosts are the souls of dead people then manes is more accurate as well.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:15 AM   #10
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On the whole name for fear of ghosts debate, GURPS Horror has Spectrophobia, and GURPS Zombies has Zombophobia.

The problem is they are triggered by things that merely "might be" undead. Cold spots or gusts of wind or haunted places can apply for Spectrophobia, someone on drugs or feverish can apply for Zombophobia.

If you're talking a truly pathological fear, then those broadened circumstances make sense.

But I assume Fright Checks upon being confronted by undead would be normal. Maybe Dislike (-1 on 'normal' Fright Checks on encountering undead, might need to make a Fright Check when others would not) as a Quirk.
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