The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή) (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς) (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (φοβία) (meaning fear). The term triskaidekaphobia derives from the Greek words “tris”, meaning ‘three’, “kai”, meaning ‘and’, and “deka”, meaning ‘ten’. the whole word means three and ten. The word was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953. (Wikipedia)
With thanks to my dear spouse TechnoGuy for the great suggestion, it’s a Friday the 13th Friday Five!
1. How is this Friday the 13th looking for you?
This Friday the 13th I’m in Phoenix with the fam for our early Thanksgiving. Mom and I tore up Scottsdale Fashion Square and then picked up the babies for a sleepover. I also got my ears pierced. Looking pretty good, I’d say.
2. Have you ever had anything unlucky happen on Friday the 13th?
I don’t have any recollection of any particularly bad Friday the 13th. I do have recollection of other bad things that have happened on specific dates and they have sort of become my own personal Friday the 13ths.
3. Did your family of origin embrace or scorn superstitions?
We had a few from my mom’s side of the family. Mostly just old wives tales about weather, nothing serious. My grandpa always said that if the sun was shining while it rained that always meant it would rain the next day. Although when I was mad at my mom, I would run outside and step on EVERY crack.
4. Are there any unique or amusing ones from your family, region, or ethnic background?
When a kid loses a tooth my mom likes to tell them that if they don’t stick their tongue in the hole, they will get a gold tooth. Of course, the child immediately sticks their tongue in it and then gets mad b/c they won’t get the gold tooth. This is where I get my propensity for devilment.
5. Do you love or hate horror movies like “Friday the 13th”?
Hate. Don’t watch them. Think they’re scary and gross.