Triskaidekaphobia. It was the word of the day on Tuesday March 15, 2011, from A.Word.A.Day (AWAD). The theme for the week was “seventeen-letter words to mark Wordsmith.org’s septendecennial.”
Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. All I can say is YIPPEEE! I knew a 17-letter word and I knew it before Anu Garg choose to spotlight it on his wordsmith newsletter.
I didn’t know how to spell it, I discovered when Tuesday’s newsletter showed up in my inbox, but that’s not the point.
In the newsletter, Anu includes a link to the word’s pronunciation, the word’s meaning, its first documented use, notes and at least one usage example. The newsletter bonus — and I really appreciate this — is a Thought For The Day. The Thought For The Triskaidekaphobia Day was “I live in the world rather as a spectator of mankind than as one of the species. -Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719).”
And septendecennial? I’ll look that up and get back to you.