The word panic comes from the goat-god pan.



Pan was the god of shepereds and flocks, and the son of Hermes and nymph. Pan was born with the legs and horns of a goat, which caused his own mother to spurn him. Nor was the adult god more popular then the nymphs. Echo ran away from him and lost her voice as a consequence, being condemned to only repeat the words of others. Another fleeing nymph was transformed into a reed, which inspiered Pan to invent the shepered's pipe of bound reeds of varying lenths Pan was considered to be the cause of sudden fear that sometimes comes for no reason, especially in lonely places. That's why its called "panic".

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