Hederaphobia horizontalis

The fear/hatred of large ivy bordera.

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Hederaphobia horizontalis

#1  Postby DavidMcC » Dec 18, 2017 3:17 pm

I recently discovered one of my neigbours in the block hacking and digging away at the ivy border that covers many square metres of the communal garden. In explanation, he said that he couldn't stand the sight of ivy, unless it was on a wall!
He also mentioned that he had been carefully measuring the distance between the edge of the ivy border and the building, and it had become clear that that distance had shrunk by about 6 inches over the several years, during which the gardener had been responsible for trimming the border (among other things), and everything seemed fine to everyone else at the address.

Has anyone ever heard of such a phobia? I had to coin a phrase for it, because it isn't in any dictionary that I could find.
Also, does anyone suffer from any other highly unusual phobias, not named in any dictionary?

His sudden and energetic bout of digging and cutting ivy roots led to knock-on effects, such as his circadian rhythm shifting significantly, making him nocturnally active, unfortunately.
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Re: Hederaphobia horizontalis

#2  Postby scott1328 » Dec 18, 2017 3:45 pm

Obsessive compulsive disorder
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Re: Hederaphobia horizontalis

#3  Postby DavidMcC » Dec 18, 2017 6:38 pm

scott1328 wrote:Obsessive compulsive disorder

Oh, of course! Thanks, Scott! :thumbup:
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Re: Hederaphobia horizontalis

#4  Postby DavidMcC » Dec 19, 2017 2:08 pm

It occurs to me now, that my ivy-hating neighbour might be thinking that the ivy is "coming to get him", which would explain why he doesn't mind so much when it is only on a wall.
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