Etymology: From trýpa meaning “drilling holes” and phobos meaning “fear”. Meaning: As with other phobias, trypophobia refers to an irrational fear—in this case, an anxiety or revulsion induced by holes, bumps or pockmarks clustered together. Barnacles, sponges and aerated soap foam are known stimulants of trypophobia. Other triggers include skin lesions and cheese graters, which bring on symptoms such as dread, itchiness and hot sweat. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Mass Destruction “Artists are often left baffled by the fact that they have millions of monthly streams, yet only a couple of thousand followers on social media.” Arts & Culture Issue 49 On the Cheap The greatness of cultural worsts. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Words Unheard On the pitfalls of pronunciation. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Signal Boost How status anxiety drives culture. Arts & Culture Issue 42 The Language of Home How weird words forge new friendships.