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On Very Specific Types of Fear

We have words for so many different things in the modern world, but there doesn’t seem to be enough words for the very specific types of fear I feel every day.

Why isn’t there a word for:

  • the fear that comes when you realize you’re halfway through walking your dog and you haven’t brought a poop bag?
  • the fear that comes as you look around the younger members of your family and realize they’re the ones who will organize your healthcare in years to come?
  • the fear that when you read out the word “hyperbole”, you’ll say “hyper-bole”?
  • the fear that you will be outlived by Betty White?
  • the fear that you will die before Marvel are done with their superhero movies?
  • the fear that comes with the realization that those whose politics you regard as ignorant and dangerous think exactly the same about your strongly held beliefs…so maybe you’re the moron?
  • the fear of showing “the best movie from your childhood” to your adolescent child and knowing there’s a chance that both of you are going to hate it?

For the so-called language of Shakespeare, it’s really not trying hard enough in the area of words-to-do-with-fear. Could do better, English language.

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