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paraskavedekatriaphobia

That would be the fear of today, Friday the 13th.

The word itself is derived from the Greek Paraskeví (Παρασκευή) (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς) (meaning thirteen), combined with phobía (φοβία) (meaning fear).

This is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a simple phobia (fear) of the number thirteen, and is also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia.

The term triskaidekaphobia was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953.

For many, the 19th century superstition surrounding today is real and powerful — for others it’s just a day.

You can read up more on Friday the 13th at Wikipedia as well and many other sources on the internet.

Originally posted 2009-02-13 01:00:14.

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