Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Five: Friday the 13th


Sophia at RevGals writes:

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή) (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς) (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (φοβία) (meaning fear). The term triskaidekaphobia derives from the Greek words "tris", meaning 'three', "kai", meaning 'and', and "deka", meaning 'ten'. the whole word means three and ten. The word was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953. (Wikipedia) With thanks to my dear spouse TechnoGuy for the great suggestion, it's a Friday the 13th Friday Five!


1. How is this Friday the 13th looking for you? Rainy, windy and hip deep in reading and writing a paper. Actually the number 13 makes me think of the character "13" on House played by Olivia Wilde.

2. Have you ever had anything unlucky happen on Friday the 13th? Not that I can remember.

3. Did your family of origin embrace or scorn superstitions? Oh, pretty much scorn them. It comes from being raised in a family of scientists. (For instance, my dad poo-poo'ed the studies on saccharin because of the "wimpy Canadian rats.")

4. Are there any unique or amusing ones from your family, region, or ethnic background? I recall that my great-grandmother believed that if a baby's first tooth was a bottom one, then they would grow to adulthood, but if the first tooth was a top one, the baby would "grow down to the grave." In fact, my parents neglected to mention that when they wrote to announce "baby's first tooth" and this concerned my great-grandmother! With subsequent babies, they always let her know that it was the bottom tooth!

5. Do you love or hate horror movies like "Friday the 13th"? That would be a "no thank you!!!" I have too vivid an imagination.

You didn't ask for one, but here's a BONUS answer: During my school years, I always planned my "Friday the 13th" outfit so that I was wearing green. The maxim was "wear green for luck" and if you did not comply, you got pinched! Anyone else have that experience??

6 comments:

Jan said...

That's cute about your outfit, esp. as I imagine it for high school.Hope your paper is finished soon!

Auntie Knickers said...

Interesting story about the teeth, I can't remember now which ones my children got first but they are all adults now....

angela said...

I'm racking my brain trying to remember if our little one had her bottom or top teeth first and think it was bottom, but am I being informed by the superstition or do I really know...that is the question. I imagine no one would want to admit the top one came first in your family...

Sophia said...

I remember the green or pinch rule from St. Patrick's Day but never heard it for Friday the 13th.

Lots of spiritual warfare going on, prayer requested, details in recent blogposts of that name and the sermon I posted yesterday. Thanks.

Deb said...

Sophia
That's fascinating. I had forgotten we also did that for St. Patrick's Day... how funny!

Mompriest said...

I only did the wear green or get pinched for St. Patricks Day....but surely would have done it for Friday the 13th...LOL (THink your dad's comment about wimpy canadian mice/rats is funny, but the sacchrine being bad for us, not so funny)