noun: The fear of riding in a vehicle.

ETYMOLOGY:From Greek hamaxa (wagon) + -phobia (fear).

What a wonderful word. I wish I had discovered it before.

My dear old Irish Grandma suffered terribly from this affliction (possibly because of my Dad’s driving).

I remember whenever I drove her anywhere, she would be holding on tight and muttering “Jasus, Mary and Joseph and all the saints preserve us”. Over, and over again. All the way.

There has to be an antonym – amaxophilia. All my dogs and one of my cats had that in abundance. They just loved to travel in a car. They may have caught it from me.

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

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