Public Service Journalism: How to be Free of Fear on Friday the 13th

Yes, today is Friday the 13th. Fear not, NPR did the homework

One name for the fear of Friday the 13th is friggatriskaidekaphobia.

The other is paraskevidekatriaphobia. And there’s a thought, suggested by Dr. Donald Dossey at the Stress Management Center/Phobia Institute in Asheville, N.C., that "when you learn to pronounce it, you’re cured!"

So we turned to our resident expert on pronunciations — Korva Coleman.

"Break it down into syllables," she advises. "When you take a look at that middle "i" after the "v" … it’s pronounced like a double "e."

para-skev-EE-dek-a-tri-a-pho-bia

If your phonetic readings skills aren’t up to par, click here to hear the audio recording. 

Fun Fact: 

It has been estimated that up to $800 million is lost every Friday the 13th because many people think it is an unlucky day to travel, go to work or do pretty much anything. (via The Washington Post)


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