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What’s so unlucky about the number 13?

Are you a Triskaïdékaphobe? That is to say, do you suffer from fear of the number 13? This number is often associated with misfortune, even if we give little credit in France to this superstition with vague origins. In the United States, it is taken so seriously that it costs society.

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Fear of the number 13? Triskaidekaphobia. And that of Friday the 13th? Pronounce the syllables well: paraskevidekatriaphobia. The number 13 holds a special place in the symbolism of numbers: in much of the Western world, it is associated with bad luck. So why does superstition want the number 13 to be negative, in France or in England, where in Italy it is considered a lucky charm? On the other side of the Alps, it is indeed the number 17 which is a bad omen. In question? In Roman numerals, 17 is written XVII, the anagram of the Latin word VIXI, that is to say, “I lived” … and by extension “I am dead”.

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