WVXU: It's Friday the 13th. Do you suffer from 'triskaidekaphobia'?

UC folklore and superstitions expert explains the rationale for a day dreaded by some

The 13th day of the month will fall on a Friday twice in 2023: Today, which is Jan. 13 and again on Oct. 13th.

Some see it as just any other day of the year, while others hang on to a superstition that goes back as far as the 1800s.

"It's definitely a Western sort of phobia and the word for it is 'triskaidekaphobia,' " Rebecca Borah, professor of English at the University of Cincinnati, told WVXU in a segment on the auspicious, and sometimes feared, day of the month.

Those who believe it’s an unlucky day might take extra precautions, such as holding up in their homes, which is convenient given a time when work from home is acceptable, says Borah. Others might see it as a lucky day, especially if they are born on a Friday the 13th. “People will see that as so unlucky that it is lucky," she says.

Simply being aware of superstitions may help to instill a sense of order in a world of random and uncontrollable worries, she also explained in an article in the NEWSEXPLORER, which cited her quote from a National Geographic article from 2014: “When you have rules and you know how to play by them, it always seems a lot easier.”

For anyone who does decide to hold up in the homes, it might not be the best approach as statistically most accidents happen at home.  

The articles below cite Borah as an expert in folk lore and superstitions and explain the origins of Friday the 13th.

It's Friday the 13th. Do you suffer from 'triskaidekaphobia'?

Here's why Friday the 13th scares us

Why Does Friday the 13th Scare Us So Much?

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