- ergophobia "fear of work," 1905, coinage by British medical man Dr. William Dunnett Spanton, from Gk. ergos "work" (see URGE (Cf. urge) (v.)) + -phobia "fear" (see PHOBIA (Cf. phobia)).Mr. W.D. Spanton (Leeds) considered that the most prominent causes of physical degeneration were--efforts to rear premature and diseased infants, absurd educational high pressure, cigarette smoking in the younger generation, and late hours at night; in fact, the love of pleasure and ergophobia in all classes of society. He considered that there was too much cheap philanthropy, that life was made too easy for the young poor, and that by modern educational methods proper parental discipline was rendered almost impossible. [report on the 73rd annual meeting of the British Medical Association, "Nature," Aug. 3, 1905]
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