Well, you got my curiosity up. I didn't remember having any trouble with EFRU words, but I wasn't sure if my memory was just rusty. So, I got out my son's "phobos" card, my EFRU, and my trusty Merriam-Webster. I found that the first 4 words in EFRU are in my dictionary, but not the last 4 words. Is that what you found? Of course, my son chose words from the first 4, so that's why I don't remember a problem.
You know, a complete, unabridged dictionary is huge, so some of the words have to be taken out to create the everyday desktop dictionary. One of the categories of words that is left out is medical words. I'm guessing that 3 of the missing words (phobophobia, zoophobia, and toxikophobia) are considered obscure medical terms that the everyday public will not be searching for, so they are set aside. All are actually in my medical dictionary (Dorland's).
When I did EFRU with my older dd, I had written in extra words in the margins. I see that I added a couple more phobias & they are in the regular dictionary -- xenophobia and technophobia -- if your son wants more words :o)
I suppose the last word, Phobos, must have been pulled out for a science dictionary? Not sure why that moon isn't in Merriam-Webster. (I even looked in the geography terms and it wasn't there.)
Oh, and don't forget that there are lots of dictionaries online, including medical ones. But like Amy said, having the children search the dictionary is probably the main point of it all -- even when all you find is that the word is not listed!
But to answer your main question -- no, we didn't have a problem with finding words from EFRU in our dictionary!
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