New Words : paraskevidekatriaphobia

24. paraskevidekatriaphobia :



noun :

Fear of Friday the 13th



Related Forms :

paraskevidekatriaphobe : noun

paraskevidekatriaphobic : adjective



NOTES :

Dossey said 17 million to 21 million Americans will suffer symptoms of paraskevidekatriaphobia ranging from nervous giggles to pull-the-covers-over-your-head terror. He also estimates that US businesses will lose $ 750 million today because some people refuse to shop, travel or take risks on Friday the 13th.

—Martin J. Smith : Friday the 13th fears don't really add up :
Orange County Register : November 13 - 1992



This tongue torturer appears to come from the Greek words
paraskevi meaning Friday and dekatria thirteen, with the suffix -phobia tacked on for the fear factor.



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