Paraskevidekatriaphobia - or - Friday the thirteenth done come on a Friday this month.

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Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a word derived from the combination of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (meaning fear).

The term triskaidekaphobia (with which many of us are familiar) is only regarding the fear of the number 13... But paraskevidekatriaphobia is the actual fear of "Friday the 13th", and no, I don't mean the movies. 

In case you hadn't noticed... TODAY is Friday the 13th.  I hope you have a good one.

This year (2009) we had three months, where Friday the 13th done fell on a Friday... and we will experience the same thing in 2012, where we'll have the trifecta of Friday the 13ths.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

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Steve Andrascik
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Gee, Alan, hadn't noticed that today was Friday the 13th.

Boulder City Steve

 

Nov 13, 2009 05:53 AM #1
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Craig Rutman
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Thanks Alan. I was reading this on my Blackberry when I accidently stepped on a black cat while walking under a ladder. I fell down 13 flights of stairs but fortunately the mirror I crashed into broke my fall.

Oh well, I've always said it's bad luck to be superstitious anyway!

Nov 13, 2009 06:35 AM #2
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JL Boney, III
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I did not know this, but it is obviously a very timely post my friend.

Nov 13, 2009 06:51 AM #3
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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Steve - in fact this is the third Friday the thirteen we've had this year (and the last for the year)

Craig - thank goodness the mirror broke your fall...

JL - I strive to be timely

Nov 13, 2009 06:59 AM #4
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Richard Weisser
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Alan...

UGH, and here I forgot that it was Friday the 13th. I was having a good day until now!

Nov 13, 2009 07:09 AM #5
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Alan May
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don't worry... Richard.... you'll be fine... the day is more than half over.

Nov 13, 2009 07:34 AM #6
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Robin Rogers
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I survived the day, too, my first at the NAR convention. Nothing untoward happened except at the last session, in which the air conditioning kicked into overdrive and I froze my butt off. It being Friday the 13th would explain that.

Nov 13, 2009 11:43 AM #7
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Robin Rogers
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I forgot to mention that I LOVE Pogo.

Nov 13, 2009 11:43 AM #8
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Alan I actually had a lucky day.  Hmm go figure I did not even think about it being Friday the 13th.

Nov 13, 2009 12:47 PM #9
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Alan May
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Robin - I love/miss Pogo too.

Larry - why am I not surprised that you had a good day?

Nov 13, 2009 02:14 PM #10
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Jane Peters
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I love words, Alan.  Don't get the cartoons, duh! 

Here's one for you - antidisestablishmentarianism.

Don't ask me what it means.  I can't find it in the dictionary, but i swear it was a word I had to spell in class when I was 12.

Nov 13, 2009 04:11 PM #11
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Betina Foreman
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Dear Alan,

It was a good day for me, but I worked from home. Thanks for the education! Have a great weekend!

;)

Nov 14, 2009 12:07 AM #12
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Alan May
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Jane - I remember that word from Jr. High.  It's the longest single word in the English dictionary.

Betina - glad the voodoo didn't getcha

Nov 14, 2009 12:41 AM #13
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Jane Peters
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But you try and find it in the dictionary.  I can't. Actually, here's your longest word:

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis

Nov 14, 2009 07:32 AM #14
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Alan May
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yeah... but I didn't learn THAT one till Junior High School.

Nov 14, 2009 09:57 AM #15
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Jane Peters
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Highly amusing, Alan. :)

Nov 14, 2009 12:24 PM #16
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thank you Jane [taking a bow] thank you very much.

Nov 14, 2009 01:40 PM #17
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