Friday, March 13, 2009
I heard a new word yesterday and then it was in an email from a friend today. It's paraskevidekatriaphobia! In the past, when there happened to be a Friday the 13th, the word that was bandied about was triskaidekaphobia, which is actually a fear of the number 13 regardless of whether it's associated with a Friday.
But paraskevidekatriaphobia is quite specific.
From the Greek:
Paraskevi = Friday
Dekatria = Thirteen
Phobia = Fear of
Dr. Donald Dossey coined the term paraskevidekatriaphobia, a fear of Friday the 13th. I just can't seem to figure out WHEN he coined the term. Anyone know when?
In my searching around for info, I did learn that every year has at least one Friday the 13th, and up to three of them -- like this year. February, March, and November. So, this year will be particularly difficult for those paraskevidekatriaphobics.