I'm wondering if the phrase 'baker's dozen' has any negative feeling that is associated with the number 13. "Devil's dozen', which is a synonym, surely has (judging by the first word), but Wikipedia redirects me to the 'baker's dozen' article. The phrase looks pretty 'innocent'.
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I have never heard of a devil's dozen either.
A baker's dozen is a common enough expression. Since it's usually used for rolls or muffins or cupcakes or bagels, what could be negative about that?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
BBC - h2g2 - Friday the 13th - Unlucky for Some?
The second article says a baker's dozen was lucky in itself 'as you got an extra bun'.
I'm being curious because in my language we have only one expression to talk about the number 13, which has negative connotations and is believed to bring bad luck.
In my experience very few people here have any kind of real superstition about the number 13. That said, most buildings don't have 13th floor. But if the 13th falls on a Friday, it's more of a joke than a real concern.
There are some people with triskaidekaphobia -- fear of the number 13.
It's also common here in some newer buildings to not have 4th floor because of a large number of Asian immigrants. This is apparently a "bad number" in some Asian countries.