(TORONTO STAR) — Richmond Hill, long a haven for triskaidekaphobics who fear the number 13, has made a civic offering to tetraphobics who shudder at the thought of four.
The growing GTA community has a multicultural approach to superstition and has banned the number four in new developments. The town began skipping 13 when giving out addresses so long ago that staff can’t remember the year.
In Cantonese and Mandarin, “four” sounds similar to “death.” Because of the number of requests the town receives for address changes, council decided to skip the number going forward in a five-four vote earlier this month.
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Numbers like 14 and 24 are still allowed, and people who live in homes marked with a four can apply for a suffix, like 4B.