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By the terminology, it is easily understood that it means “Fear of Four.” Yes my friends, it exactly means fear for the number four. Tetraphobia is a kind of superstition prevalent in East Asia (especially in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan) owing to which many Asians are scared of and avoid the Number 4 like crazy.

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What is the reason?

The Chinese word for number 4 is which is pronounced as “sì”. Also, death in Chinese is , pronounced as “sǐ”. Pretty similar. Right? This is also the case in Korean and Japanese Language. Thus, the problem is that number 4 is a homonym with the word “death” in these East-Asian Nations.

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Consequences of Tetraphobia:

  • April 4 is considered as an unlucky day.

  • Other numbers which have 4 in them like 14, 24 and 42 are also avoided.

  • You won’t see number 4 button in elevators. Why? Because fourth floors in buildings don’t exist in mentioned countries. After 3rd floor, we straight go the 5th.

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  • You can never give anyone anything of four. Like four bottles or four gifts.

  • Mentioning number 4 in front of someone sick is totally prohibited.

  • Proper measures are taken to avoid the number on festivals and auspicious occasions.

  • Presence of “4” is cleared in corporate phone numbers and official addresses to avoid bad luck.


Do other countries have such phobia?

In many countries some numbers are considered lucky while some unlucky. But it is taken more seriously in east as compared to west part of the world.

  • Number 13 is an unlucky number in the west. Friday 13th more specifically is considered to be a bad day.

  • Number 49 is avoided in japan as it translates to “pain until death” in Japanese.

  • 7 is also seen as an ominous word in many East-Asian Nations.


Therefore, the conclusion of the article is that shady linguistic similarities can sometimes destroy the reputation of some poor number.

Have a nice day!


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