Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Dreaded FRIDAY THE 13TH

The fear of Friday the 13th is called Paraskavedekatriaphobia, 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).

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed.

Well, I didn't even know there was a Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute and here in North Carolina no less! And if you can pronounce Paraskavedekatriaphobia, you have nothing to worry about anyway.