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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday Five- Friday the 13 on the 14th

Sophia posted this scary Friday Five: 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?
Sinus infection still hanging on, today, the 14th, I have a Civil Service test all day. I would have skipped it, but was gently encouraged by my boss/friend Laurie who reminded me that those promotions could go to less desirable "others." So I'm packing my lunch and sharpening my #2 pencils. The only redeeming thing is that the testing site is 6 blocks from my apartment!

2. Have you ever had anything unlucky happen on Friday the 13th?
Oh Yes. WAY Unlucky. When I went to the bad orthopedic surgeon on a Friday 13, (he was on vacation so I saw the shoulder guy) with severe exacerbation of my back symptoms. He scheduled me for surgery in two weeks. I ended up in the emergency room the next morning and had emergency surgery that day! And thus I am permanently disabled. I could have been a paraplegic if I had not known the symptoms to look for! I was in graduate school to be a rehabilitation counselor at the time. Ironic? I think so...

3. Did your family of origin embrace or scorn superstitions?
Eh, they went both ways. My father was a little more superstitious. My mother not so much.

4. Are there any unique or amusing ones from your family, region, or ethnic background?
My father was a big one for throwing salt over the shoulder when salt was spilled.

5. Do you love or hate horror movies like "Friday the 13th"?


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