|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
Register Log In
Wordsmith.org Forums General Topics Information and announcements Friday the 13th!
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
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)
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Moderated by Jackie
Link Copied to Clipboard
Forum Statistics Forums16Topics13,910Posts228,608Members9,164 Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members Teejheni, vrk1951, Doctor, Silverfox, Red_Canoe
9,164 Registered Users
Who's Online Now 0 members (), 137 guests, and 4 robots. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters wwh 13,858Faldage 13,803Jackie 11,613tsuwm 10,542wofahulicodoc 10,060LukeJavan8 9,878Buffalo Shrdlu 7,210AnnaStrophic 6,511Wordwind 6,296of troy 5,400
Forum Rules · Mark All Read Contact Us · Forum Help · Wordsmith.org