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Do you have triskaidekaphobia?
here's a challenge: triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number thirteen. <argh!>
but can you find the word for the specific fear of Friday the 13th, which actually combines two fears?
Friggatriskaidekaphobia of course.
well, that's one coinage. there's another which I prefer..
The lurking prescriptivist in me wants it to be all Greek roots. What's Greek for Friday?
Looking around I found this word as the fear of Friday the 13th specifically. If this word exists, then does paraskevi have something to do with Friday? And shouldn't it then be paraskevitriskaidekaphobia?
Friday is Paraskevi in Greek
Well, paraskevidekatriaphobia is used by some, by it's a fairly new word I believe. I haven't tried working out its roots.
>fairly new word
according to Webster's New World Medical Dictionary, "The word 'paraskevidekatriaphobia' was devised by Dr. Donald Dossey who told his patients that "when you learn to pronounce it, you're cured!"" (no date given)
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