Friday the 13th Less of a Nightmare but Other Phobias Lurk

Sep 12, 2013 11:11am
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This year has already been less of a nightmare for paraskevidekatriaphobics, or those who fear Friday the 13th.

The dreaded date marred their calendars three times in 2012, all by July. This Friday’s is the first of only two in 2013, with the next one coming in December.

And the immediate future looks  even brighter for paraskevidekatriaphobics: There’s only one Friday the 13th to sweat out in 2014.

Whether once, twice or three times, however, paraskevidekatriaphobics should consider themselves lucky, in a sense, because triggers for other phobias – real or imagined – are far more abundant. Here are some of the more unusual ones:

(But, first, check out this talking dictionary to help you pronounce paraskevidekatriaphobia.)

Liticaphobia: Fear of lawsuits

Euphobia: Fear of hearing good news

Soceraphobia: Fear of parents-in-law

Deipnophobia: Fear of dining or dinner conversations

Nostophobia: Fear of returning home

Xanthophobia: Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow

Clinophobia: Fear of going to bed

Omphalophobia: Fear of belly buttons

Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the  mouth, not to be confused with any legitimate phobia

Aichmophobia: Fear of sharp objects

Sesquipedalophobia: Fear of long words, which has morphed into the contrived hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

And then, of course, there’s the phobia of all phobias: Phobophobia, or the fear of being afraid.

See a fuller list HERE.

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