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I always thought triskaidekaphobia was the fear of Friday the 13th. Today I learn from @shotgunconcepts on Twitter that I have been mislead all this time by the mainstream media.

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, but Wikipedia says is is “associated” with Friday the 13th.

But the real term for fear of Friday the 13th is Paraskevidekatriaphobia.

@shotgunconcepts also told me that there are three Fridays the 13ths in 2009, the next will be November 13, 2009.

So if one suffers from this fear this  would be the year for Triparaskevidekatriaphobia, which I think has all the syllables needed to be it’s own Haiku.

Tri para rask e

videka tria phobia

Nope, not even close.

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