Hippopotomonstrosesquippedali-ophobia

That word is like a long sneezing bout, isn’t it! Oddly enough, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedali-ophobia means the fear of long words! Should you be called upon to use it at some point, this is how to say it. 

Hi-poh-po-toh-mon-stroh-ses-kwee-peh-dah-leejoh-foh-beeja.

If that word is too much for you, there is another word you can use, though it is not much better. Sesquipedalophobia.

Quite frankly, I am afraid of both of them. What if I should have to pronounce it in public, like some of those Old Testament names? 

There is that nasty word that keeps popping up in my life. Call it what you will;  concern, dismay, doubt, dread, horror, panic, scare, uneasiness, cowardice, faintheartedness, foreboding, fright, timidity, chicken hearted, cold feet. Yep all of those have at one point or another, been part of my life; yours too, I bet.

But words like these contradict every one of them.  

 “Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.” Isaiah 40:1

 “He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8  

 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Prayer- We know, God that your perfect love casts out all fear. (1 John 4:18!) Thanks God. We choose you and your words over Hippopotomonstrosesquippedali-ophobia any day. Amen.

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