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- n. Fear of birds.
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The British midfielder is a sufferer of ornithophobia, the fear of birds -- the feathered kind, not the human female kind, with which Beckham seems to have absolutely no problems.
Fear of animals is called zoophobia, of birds ornithophobia, of fish, ichthyophobia, of reptiles herpetophobia (not "fear of herpes"), and of insects entophobia.
And he was healthy, he had a job he loved and his career was flourishing; he was as close to taking charge of his ornithophobia as he’d ever been; and as if all that weren’t reason enough to live, he got laid a lot more often than Dorie did, usually by breathtakingly gorgeous men—what possible reason would he have had to kill himself?
Or perhaps it had something to do with the fact that he and the birds were all fellow captives, but whatever the reason, Wayne’s ornithophobia had vanished: he found that birds no longer frightened him.