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What are the French equivalents of

  1. germophobia
  2. germophobic
  3. a germophobe

and what are their genders?

Is it

(1) la germophobie (2) germophobe (3) un/e germophobe

or is it

(1) la mysophobie (2) mysophobe (3) un/e mysophobe

or is it both ?

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  • Les deux sont équivalents d'après fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysophobie dans le résultat : la peur des germes nocifs ou de la saleté (connotée impure par rapport à son idéal) qui les contient. – Personne Dec 23 '20 at 21:50
  • @Personne Thank you for your help. 😊 I’ve failed to find the french words germophobe, un/e germophobe, mysophobe and un/e mysophobie in the Wikipedia article. Are these 4 words actual French words? – Noybwbh Dec 23 '20 at 22:41
  • They are used by specialists (Airport English :-) – Personne Dec 23 '20 at 22:50
  • @Personne Thank you for replying. :) What’s Airport English? But more importantly if I say the words germophobe, un/e germophobe, mysophobe and un/e mysophobe then will people in France understand me? Are these 4 words used by french speakers? Thank you for your help! – Noybwbh Dec 24 '20 at 1:46
  • Une langue d'aéroport est une connaissance basique d'une langue qui n'est pas votre langue maternelle, elle vous permet de survivre en terre étrangère. — Avec des personnes liées au monde médicale ou psy ces mots devraient passer, sinon vous devez donner leur signification (pour myso que l'ont rattachera par réflexe auditif à misogyne et germo qui est lié à [cousin ]germain) par respect votre interlocuteur qui ne connait pas forcément le sens des mots : « Il/elle est mysophobe, myso avec un y, il a peur de la saleté, des choses impures. » – Personne Dec 24 '20 at 9:10
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Mysophobe/mysophobie wouldn't be understood at all by most if not all people in France.

Germophobe/germophobie would be better, but I guess some people would think these words are related to Germany.

A couple of words sometimes used, especially this year, are virusophobe and to a lesser extent virusophobie. They are more specialized than the former but immediately understood by everyone, although probably not considered as official, "serious" words. Otherwise, you can just say quelqu'un qui a la phobie des microbes.

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  • I think the term "nareux" could also somehow apply here. – Laurent S. Dec 24 '20 at 9:22
  • @LaurentS. It does indeed but is only known in Eastern France and Belgium. france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/grand-est/marne/… – jlliagre Dec 24 '20 at 12:33
  • Merci beaucoup @jlliagre for your help!!! 😊 So just to confirm, (1) “germophobia” = « la germophobie » or better still « la virusphobie », (2) “germophobic” = « germophobe » or better still « virusphobe » and (3) “a germophobe” = « un/e germophobe » or better still « un/e virusphobe ». Is this all correct? – Noybwbh Dec 24 '20 at 21:36
  • That's it ! --- – jlliagre Dec 25 '20 at 1:52
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    Thank you @jlliagre very much and happy holidays!!! 😊 – Noybwbh Dec 27 '20 at 21:00

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