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Coulrophobia explained.And the etymology:A neologism, coined in the late 1980s or 1990s. Supposedly based on Ancient Greek ????????????? ?( k?lobathrist?s, “ one who goes on stilts ” ) (from ?????????? ?( k?lóbathron, “ stilt ” ), from ????? ?( kôlon, “ limb ” ) + ????? ?( baín?, “ I go ” ), chosen for lack of an obvious Ancient Greek equivalent of "clown", combined with the -phobia ?( “ fear of ” ) suffix.
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