Fear of swans

There seems to be a name for every single phobia on the planet, except for the fear of swans. The closest I could come was Ornithophobia which is the fear of birds.

Of course, the fear of swans comes out prominently in the episode “Swan Song” This is the episode where Jess has to go meet Emily for dinner with a black eye & won’t tell anyone what happened. Turns out he was “beaked” by a swan. However, the fear of swans comes up in season 1, the “Kill me now” episode. Michael is afraid of swans. I can’t find an exact quote on this but I know it happened, I know it did πŸ˜›

If you are afraid of chopsticks you have consecotaleophobia. If you are afraid of cooking you have mageirocophobia. If you are afraid of string, you have linonophobia. The fear of swans has been hidden for far too long & needs a name. Any suggestions?

6 thoughts on “Fear of swans

  1. virginia

    beakophobia! πŸ™‚ i know the michel episode you’re referring to…i believe it’s the episode where there’s a “twin” wedding at the inn and they’re having swans delivered.

  2. Alycia

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  3. Kay

    Virginia is right! πŸ™‚
    it’s in season 1 episode 3 titled: kill me now

    Here is the segment/quote you were looking for:

    LORELAI: Yeah. I need you to show this guy where to put the swans.
    MICHEL: Absolutely not.
    LORELAI: Well I can’t leave, OK? I’ve got a major tulle festival going on out here.
    MICHEL: I will never go near those filthy birds.
    LORELAI: Why?
    MICHEL: I hate the swans.
    LORELAI: These particular swans?
    MICHEL: No, all swans. I was attacked by a band of swans in the Luxembourg Gardens when I was a boy. No one forgets that.
    LORELAI: (laughing) Oh no — not being attacked by a band of swans. Was it an all-boy band? Kind of a scary, feathery ‘N Sync kind of fiasco?

  4. iscah mckrae

    Actually, there is a more specific word…not absolutely specific, but much closer: “Anatidaephobia” is derived from the Greek word “anatidae”, meaning ducks, geese or swans and “phobos” meaning fear. Our poor Jess! As if he didn’t have enough to be afraid of! Oy with the trauma already!

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