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What do you call the irrational fear of clowns?

fear of clownsDo yo freak out when you see a clown? You are not alone. It is said that up to 1 in every 7 people are dead scared of these supposedly funny performers.

The irrational fear of clowns is technically called coultrophobia.  The term comes from the Greek word kolobathristes which means one that goes on stilts and phobos meaning fear.  There is no word for clown in the Greek language and the closest thing was those performers on stilts.

Coultrophobia is quite common in small children, but some do not outgrew the fear which persists well into adulthood. Young kids might have developed the fear for clowns because they have difficulties in understanding a clown's garish makeup, weird costume and freaky wig, worsened by something about clowns that they've heard, read or watched on TV.

Famous personalities that are not so amused of clowns include rapper P. Diddy, actor Johnny Depp, comedienne Carol Burnett and TV personality Anthony Bourdain.

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