Friggatriskaidekaphobia and other Silly Superstitions


 1 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness” 

I thought I would be fun to share a little trivia today. Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the word for the fear of Friday the 13th. The other word for it is paraskevidekatriaphobia. Today is the second Friday the 13th of 2015. There will be one more this year, in November. Some people are spooked by the day while others ignore it. Most superstitions are based on folklore and the history behind them is interesting. Still, they are fun to poke fun at. Fear of Friday the 13th is one of several silly superstitions I remember from childhood. Let’s look at a few.

  • Don’t step on a crack; you’ll break someone’s back.
  • Find a penny, pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck.
  • Make a wish on a falling star.
  • Knock on wood.
  • Horseshoes bring good luck.
  • Finding a four-leaf clover will bring you luck.
  • Beginner’s luck.
  • Carrying a rabbit’s foot.
  • Don’t open an umbrella indoors.
  • Make a wish on a wishbone.
  • Cross your fingers.
  • Don’t walk under a ladder. (Actually this one seems to be very good advice.)
  • Don’t let a black cat cross your path.
  • Toss salt over your shoulder. (I think this is just something else to clean up.)
  • Don’t break a mirror or you will have 7 years of bad luck.

When you read them all together they do sound silly.

There is one superstition I like – to say “God Bless You” after someone sneezes. During the sixth century, it was customary to congratulate people who sneezed because they were expelling evil from their bodies. Later, when a great plague took hold of Europe, and people began sneezing violently, the Pope passed a law. Since sneezing meant that the person was going to die of the plague, people were asked to bless the sneezer. The plague is long since over, but I think it is fine to ask God to bless someone.

May God richly bless your day.


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4 thoughts on “Friggatriskaidekaphobia and other Silly Superstitions

  1. I did not know the reason behind speaking a blessing on sneezers! An interesting post, Julie. Sometimes when I am the sneezer being blessed, I respond, “He always does!” P.S. Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog, From the Inside Out. I pray you receive a blessing there, too.


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