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Sharing Mana‘o

September 11, 2013
By KATHY COLLINS (kathycollins@manaoradio.com) , For The Maui News

Friggatriskaidekaphobia. No, that's not a typo; there really is such a word. I just learned it and I really like it, because it's as much fun to look at as it is to say. It's a term for the fear of Friday the 13th, Frigga being the Norse goddess for whom the day is named, and triskaidekaphobia being the fear of the number 13. Another term for the dread of the notorious date is paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskevi (Friday) and dekatria (thirteen). But I prefer friggatriskaidekaphobia.

 
 
 

 

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