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Superstitions – Irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious
Intentionally – On purpose; with conscious intent
Outcome – A final product or end result
Superstitious – Pertaining to or connected with superstition
Nonsense – Having no intelligible meaning
Irrational – Not consistent with or using reason
Supernatural – Above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law
Beliefs – Something believed; an opinion
Phenomenon – Something that is impressive or extraordinary; wonder
Incidentally – Aside from the main subject of attention, discussion, etc
Statistically – With respect to statistics
Etymology – The study of the sources and development of words
Deemed – Assumed or judged
Furniture – Furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
Umbrella – A lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
Ridiculous – Causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd
Notion – Opinion, view, or belief
Cliff-hanger – A suspenseful ending, e.g in a TV series or film
I was in my local pub a few weeks ago, and although I hadn’t intentionally gone to watch the rugby match that was on the big-screen, I found myself watching it, and heard a conversation about the possible outcome. One claimed that his favoured team would win, because he was wearing his lucky shirt, and they always won when he wore it, however, his friend was worried that not only were they not sitting in the seats they’d sat in the last time they’d won, they had also not ordered the same drinks, moreover, not the same as the last team their team played. What superstitious nonsense! However, I only thought this, and didn’t verbally impart my views on their irrational supernatural beliefs or rugby for that matter.
But it did make me think about some of the crazy superstitions that some people have, and I will list a few of the many for you. Firstly, ones that we should avoid.
Friday the 13th.
This has got to be the most well-known superstition. There are even 12 (they’ve really got to make another) films about the phenomenon of anything that could go wrong, will go wrong on this day. Absolute nonsense of course, but millions of people fear this day, and will stay at home to avoid accidents, which incidentally is a bad idea, because statistically speaking, more people die at home.
Walking under ladders
The etymology is surely easy for this one. One day someone was walking under a ladder, and something dropped on his or her head, and thereafter this practice was deemed as unlucky.
I’m guessing this is the one superstition that doesn’t affect people very often, unless they work in a mirror factory, or they lose control of their shopping trolley in the mirror department at a furniture store. But watch out if you break one, because according to the superstition ‘gods’, 7 years of bad luck are coming your way.
Opening an umbrella indoors
I can’t understand why anyone would want to do this, but if you do, bad luck is coming your way, but fortunately not 7 years.
Bad news for cat owners, it’s bad luck when one of our feline friends crosses our paths. I don’t know whether the crossing has to be from the left or right, but it doesn’t matter because it’s a ridiculous notion anyway.
’ve taken the decision to split this blog post into 2 parts. Next week, I’ll give you some tips of what you can do to bring good luck, or reverse some of the actions, which might have brought you bad luck.
However, I’m not going to leave you in suspense with a cliff-hanger. Remember the two rugby fans at the beginning of my post? Their team lost, so one of them might be right!
Are you superstitious? Tell me about your superstitions in the comments.
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