Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Sep 30 23:27:34 UTC 2012

At 9/30/2012 06:37 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>It helps to know that the coinage is from the UK, where "mobile
>(phone)" can be shortened to "mo" (as in "moco" for "mobile company").
>So it's just "no + mo(bile) + -phobia". But as one of Michael
>Quinion's pointed out, the Hellenistically minded would read
>"nomophobia" as "fear of the law":

I had to check the UK explanation!  nomo- as a Greek prefix, to go
with -phobia?  nomo as "no mo[re]", as someone else wondered?  Nah.


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