Friday the 13th
Superstition is a belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any process in the physical world linking the two events....
holds to be a day of bad luck
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. In the Gregorian calendar
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, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday.
The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigg
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a being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia
Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number ; it is a superstition and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.The term was first used by Isador Coriat in Abnormal...
meaning fear of the number thirteen), or paraskevidekatriaphobia a concatenation of the Greek
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words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen") attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning "fear").