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A Bad Case of Friggatriskaidekaphobia


March 12, 2020

Dorothy Rosby

More than 17 million Americans suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia though they seldom admit it, mainly because they can't pronounce it.

Loosely translated, friggatriskaidekaphobia means, "I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat." I'm joking! The word is derived from two others: Frigga, the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named, and triskaidekaphobia, which is an irrational fear of very large words.

I'm lying. Triskaidekaphobia is a fear of the number 13. But there is a word for the fear of very large words. It's hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, and I'm not making that up, because how could I?


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