Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Fun

Bingo Number 1 number 3

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.

1 comment:

yammy said...

That is one long word!

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