Happy Triskaidekaphobia Day!

January 13, 2006

Still waiting for Google to find the new blog, so I thought I’d post with one of those less used words and see what happens!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triskaidekaphobia – Triskaidekaphobia is a morbid fear of the number 13. Although I had not been sure of the spelling, it has been one of my favourite words for many years. What I did not know was that there are two words (according to the wikipedia) that relate to the specific case of fear of this day, Friday the 13th. Those words are Friggatriskaidekaphobia or Paraskavedekatriaphobia. Cool.

For many Australians, Friday the 13th is an opportunity to be marketed to by the lottery agencies, certainly here in NSW as the government lottery agency uses a talking black cat as a mascot.