Friday the 13th …


… the day most feared by those suffering from “triskaidekaphobia” … fear of the number 13

… which is manifested, in part, in those buildings (most often hotels) which have no thirteenth floor …

… well, at least no floor numbered “13” …

… and today I learned a new word … one even more specific than triskaidekaphobia:

…  paraskevidekatriaphobia, which means fear of Friday the 13th …

… and which Wikipedia describes as a “concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”) attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning “fear”)” …

… see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th

… and the source material cited there, which is:

 http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Triskaidekaphobia.html

… Interestingly, the latter article says that …

“… Friday turns out to be the most common weekday on which the 13th of a month can occur in the Gregorian calendar.”

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