Knock on Wood

tkrosevear

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The phrase used by people who rap their knuckles on a piece of wood hoping to stave off bad luck. In the UK the phrase ‘touch wood’ is used – often jokingly by tapping one’s head. The phrases are usually used when one is already experiencing some good fortune and hope that it will continue – e.g. “I’ve been winning on every race – touch wood”.

Origin:The derivation may be the association that wood and trees have with good spirits in mythology, or with the Christian cross. It used to be considered good luck to tap trees to let the wood spirits within know you were there.

Knock on wood

Photograph of Downy Woodpecker, as is – woodpecker medicine is that of "the power of rhythm and discrimination…

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