Sunday, January 15, 2012

Paraskevidekatriaphobia: Fear of Friday, the 13th, and 10 other unpronouncable phobias

According to psychologists, people with paraskevidekatriaphobia have a "blind, unreasoning fear of Friday the 13th"

"Paraskevidekatriaphobia -- when you learn to pronounce it, you're cured!"

Here are 10 other phobias that you probably cannot pronounce:

1. Friggatriskaidekaphobia: also the fear of Friday, the 13th. It derives from the words "Frigga," which is the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and "triskaidekaphobia," which means fear of the number 13.
2. Kakorraphiaphobia: fear of failure.
3. Arachibutyrophobia: fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
4. Giraffeophobia: fear of sticking your neck out.
5. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: fear of "666."
7. Psellismophobia: fear of stuttering.
8. Aichmophobia: a morbid fear of sharp objects.
9. Spheksophobia: fear of wasps.
10. Sesquipedaliophobia: fear of long words.

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