Friday, May 13, 2011


Today is Friday the 13th. Just thought I'd point that out.

Did you know that the fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia? Or paraskevidekatriaphobia?

Wikipedia states:

"The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen), or paraskevidekatriaphobia a concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen") attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning "fear"). The latter word was derived in 1911and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953."

Actually - that entire article is really about the superstition(s) behind Friday the 13th. Jason Voorhees only makes a brief appearance under the heading of "Planned events on Fridays the 13th"

Now don't you feel like you've learned something today?


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