A brightly colored photograph of the entrance to the Acrophobia, a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia

Source: Acrophobia logo roto drop at Six Flags Over Georgia, USA,
Jeremy Gunther Heinz Jahnick

The recognizable parts—like “scope”—make long words seem less threatening. Since you may need more convincing, explore some of the possibilities of this next intriguing word part. The combining formphobe” is used after prefixes to tell us that someone is afraid of something. Someone who has an abnormal fear of germs, for example, is a germophobe, and someone who is afraid of flying is an aerophobe. Someone who won’t vacation at the beach is an aquaphobe, a person who is afraid of the water.