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1 February 13 - triska - what? on Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:35 am

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triskaidekaphobia

\ tris-kahy-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh, tris-kuh- \  , noun;

fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.


Origin:
Triskaidekaphobia  derives from the Greek word for thirteen, triskaídeka  and the Greek word for fear, phobos . It entered English in the early 1900s.



Quotes:
People who harbor a Friday the 13th superstition might have triskaidekaphobia , or fear of the number 13, and often pass on their belief to their children, he noted.
-- John Roach, "Why Does Friday the 13th Scare Us So Much?" National Geographic , September 12, 2013
In medical school, while Sergei was busy composing a paper on anxiety disorders, Alexander beat him to publication with an exemplary dissertation on the combined effects of triskaidekaphobia  and coulrophobia.
-- Christopher Meades, The Last Hiccup , 2012

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