Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the Thirteenth

Friday the Thirteenth/

This is one of my favorite days of the year because it gives me the opportunity to use a big word and make people say, “Boy is he smart!” The word is triskadekaphobia.

Trouble is, I always called it stristodecaphobia. Close, but no cigar. And Di thought it was tridecaphobia. Her logic was sound: tri for three, deca for ten = thirteen, and phobia means fear of. In aother world that word would do. But the wordsmiths decided to make it even more elaborate and obscure by using the Greek word for thirteen, “Triskadeka.” How fearsome is that?

Anyway, Happy Triskadekaphobia Friday to you all!

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