Friday, July 13, 2007

Triskaidekaphobia










First of all!!

let me congratulate myself.....

for this is my 50th post in last 9.5 months......

so, here i am celebrating my silver jubilee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrah!!!!!!!


Yahooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kudos to me!!!!!!!!!!!!


I had always wished it to be quite special......

n surprisingly...............it is very special.......

see how...

what is the date today....... 13th---

Day today........ Friday...............................

and i have subscribed to dictionary.com for a word a day!!!

and guess what what is the word for today!!!!!!!

yes......... my title...

Triskaidekaphobia:

and here i go with the explanation provided by them:


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Word of the Day for Friday, July 13, 2007

triskaidekaphobia \tris-ky-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh\, noun:

A morbid fear of the number 13 or the date Friday the 13th.

Thirteen people, pledged to eliminate triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13,
today tried to reassure American sufferers by renting a 13 ft plot of land in
Brooklyn for 13 cents . . . a month.-- Daily Telegraph, January 14, 1967
Past disasters linked to the number 13 hardly help triskaidekaphobics overcome their affliction. The most famous is the Apollo 13 mission, launched on April 11, 1970 (the sum of 4, 11 and 70 equals 85 - which when added together comes to 13), from Pad 39 (three times 13) at 13:13 local time, and struck by an explosion on April 13.-- "It's just bad luck that the 13th is so often a Friday",
Electronic Telegraph, September 8, 1996


Triskaidekaphobia is from Greek treiskaideka, triskaideka, thirteen (treis, three + kai, and + deka, ten) + phobos, fear. In Christian countries the number 13 was considered unlucky because there were 13 persons at the Last Supper of Christ. Fridays are also unlucky, because the Crucifixion was on a Friday. Hence a Friday falling on the thirteenth day is regarded as especially unlucky.


Some famous triskaidekaphobes1:
Napoleon
Herbert Hoover
Mark Twain
Richard Wagner
Franklin Roosevelt1.



Source: "It's just bad luck that the 13th is so often a Friday," Electronic Telegraph, September 8, 1996
Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for triskaidekaphobia



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and i just hope, 13th proves lucky for one n all!!!!!

Happy 13th..
Happy Friday...
Happy 50th post...
and all the more happy me...
with my happy happy smile..
that is sure to last for the next thirteen regime...

5 comments:

Soulmate said...

50th post is not silver jubilee or anniversary... its golden... 25 is associated with silver... :-)

Nadir said...

Congrats for the 50th post
That is why this is the most sought after blog
And yes isn't it a coincidence that everyone's writing bout Phobias these days :)

Amita..... said...

I like this blog a lot !!!!

and kudos to you :))

you have inspired me :))

pilot-pooja said...

@Amita:

And i like you a lot!!!!

and the goodness in you has alwys inspired me to be like you...for you are my God sent angel!!!
Love you always!!

Amita..... said...

Ahhh, that is so touchy :)

Same here my dear Angel!!

I am so late to read this comment of yours :( But, better late than never!!

Love you always!!