Friday, 13 March 2009

"Oh no, it's Friday the 13th!"

Thanks to Greg Williams and Wikiworld
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Does the phrase "Oh no, it's Friday the 13th!" mean anything to you? Does this date fill you with fear, anxiety and foreboding - or is it simply another day on the calendar? Whether you're superstitious or not, join us as we try to find out why Friday the 13th is such an infamous date.

First listen to the BBC radio programme.
Then try to do the Unlucky Day Quiz


Words and expressions from the programme:

to be superstitious: to believe that certain things are lucky or unlucky, or can cause certain events to happen - based on old magic
anxiety/to feel anxious: to feel worried and nervous
utter dread: very great fear
bad luck/to be unlucky: when bad things seem to happen to you without any real reason
a coincidence: when two or more things happen at the same time by chance in a surprising way
to tempt fate: to do or say something that might make it easier for bad things to happen
potency/potent: powerful, influential

And if you've got any doubt read the tapescript.

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