Paraskevidekatriaphobia – language and words in the newsPosted by Kati Sule on November 11, 2009
‘Paraskevi… what?’ you ask. Knowing a bit of Greek and a bit about word formation will help you get to the end of this word.
The term paraskevidekatriaphobia is based on the Greek words paraskevi (‘Friday’) and dekatria (‘thirteen’) with –phobia as a suffix to indicate ‘fear’. Paraskevidekatriaphobes have had lot to worry about in 2009 when we are having the maximum possible number in any one year – 3 – of Friday the 13th, the last of which falls on this Friday (13th November). Paraskevidekatriaphobia is in fact a form of triskaidekaphobia, which refers to the fear of the number 13.
Here are some interesting links for further exploration of paraskevidekatriaphobia:
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