Today’s Factismal: Fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia .
One of the more interesting things about humans is that if something exists, there’s someone out there who is unreasonably afraid of it; in layman’s terms. they have a phobia. (Phobia is one of those words that started out being used with precision and grace by scientists before it was stolen by the popular press and used in every situation, appropriate or not. See “-gate” and “green” for more examples.) And in honor of today’s combination of Friday the 13th and a full moon (considered to be exceptionally lucky in some cultures!), here is a list of twenty-five phobias. Enjoy – unless you have pinaciphobia (a fear of lists)!
|If you have||Then you fear|
|Ergophobia||Work or functioning|
|Frigophobia||Becoming too cold|
|Lipophobia||Fats in food|
|Radiophobia||Radioactivity or X-rays|
|Workplace phobia||The workplace|
|Ylophobia||Trees, forests or woods|