THIRTEEN: The Word of the Month January 2013

Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.


13 or Thirteen (noun): A whole number in between 12 and 14, considered significant in many cultures, religions and superstitions.

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. Pronouncing the term requires 13 years of study.

13 in the news

January 1st marked the beginning of the year 2013 (MMXIII).

The UN has announced that 2013 will be the year of International Water Cooperation to address the world’s massive drinking problem.

Unlucky 13

Friday the 13th is an unlucky date, but a successful film franchiseabout a misunderstood hockey player.

In Latin countries, Tuesday the 13th is unlucky, probably due to the time difference.

Lucky 13

Luckily, Friday the 13th occurs twice in 2013. A good opportunity to stay home and watch a movie. We suggest Friday the 13th.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 is the year of the female water snake. A sure sign of good things to come. Happy 2013 to all!

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