Geumophobia (also Geumaphobia) is the irrational fear of flavors or taste of flavors. The tasting of the flavors may cause panic attacks, shock, and even hyperventilation and heart failure. While it is very serious if left unnoticed, it is the kind of fear that could cause chuckles and giggles when spotted, as this is an unusual and rare fear. This fear isn't difficult to avoid, as there are many flavorless foods made, but is subject to pranks. For example, a person may put salt on a dish for a geumophobic as a joke.