logophobia: fear of words
graphophobia: Fear of writing or handwriting.
A Midwest Airlines flight from Milwaukee to San Francisco was canceled Sunday night after a passenger discovered Arabic-type handwriting inside an in-flight magazine.
The “Arabic-type” handwriting turned out to be Persian.
The director of Midwest’s corporate security knew someone who could read the writing and was told it was Farsi.
“It was clearly script that looked Arabic. It was in the Iranian language,” said Skornicka, who didn’t know exactly what it had said. “It was kind of like a prayer. It wasn’t a grocery list. It was something that was of a contemplative nature.”
I don’t know what’s worse, that the writing was in Persian, or that it was of a contemplative nature…
UPDATE: Cat Stevens is on a government “no-fly” list.