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Fingers crossed | Touch wood

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Fingers crossed | Touch wood

Postby Kebybu » Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:26 am

Hi All

What are the meanings of fingers cross and touch wood.

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Re: Fingers cross

Postby Tukanja » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:46 pm

It's about superstitions people have about some things in their minds.
Some things people can not explain by reason but strongly believe that, for example, it isn't clever to pass by under a ladder for it causes bad luck to the one who's done it.

Also try not to break the mirror or the things will be going wrong for you in the next seven years.

Seems as if i broke not only one mirror in the past but few of them :mrgreen:
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Re: Fingers crossed | Touch wood

Postby Josef » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:29 pm

Some people cross their first and second fingers for luck, or touch wood for luck, when they say something that they want to come true. It does indeed come from superstition.

So someone might say something like:

- I think I'm going to pass my driving test, fingers crossed. (and they cross their fingers)

- It looks like Barack Obahama will be the next US President, touch wood. (and they touch or knock on a wooden table for example)

Note that the expression is "fingers crossed", not "fingers cross".
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Re: Fingers crossed | Touch wood

Postby Tukanja » Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:48 pm

For sure you haven't neither crossed either your left or right or both of the midle fingers over the corresponding index ones when typing the message nor you have knocked on wood for all the furniture, in the room which you've been chatting from, had been made of plastic-glass combinations. :lol:
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Re: Fingers crossed | Touch wood

Postby Krisi » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:12 am

ohad wrote:
Some people touch wood for luck, when they say something that they want to come true. It does indeed come from superstition.


I've actually heared once that this custom emanates from Christian tradition or at least Christian superstition.Touch wood really refers to Christ (Jesus).When saying touch wood people use to knock on a wodden object.This is because Jesus was crucified (apparently) on a wooden cross.So this is a symbolic way of reminding him, as if one wish to reinforce his belief in him or ask for a divine guarding, especially when you don't want to bring the jinx (bad luck, evil eye) to you.

- I was never involved in a car exident, touch wood.

- I earned a lot money from that deal, touch wood.


Oh, I practise that but didn't know the meaning behind... all what I know is that it's just done to ward off some badluck related to what one mentioned...

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Re: Fingers crossed | Touch wood

Postby Krisi » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:19 am

Tukanja wrote:knocked on wood for all the furniture, in the room which you've been chatting from, had been made of plastic-glass combinations. :lol:


hahahaha, I normally look for wooden furnitures or fixtures to knock on!!! that's the practice... :mrgreen:
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Re: Fingers crossed | Touch wood

Postby mbellotti » Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:14 pm

Fingers crossed can actually have two different meanings. The first has already been explained here: we say "fingers crossed!" when we are talking about a plan for the future that with luck will come true.

Examples:
"I sent in my application to the university and, fingers crossed, hopefully I'll get in."
If someone wants to wish you luck they may say "I've got my fingers crossed for you."

The other meaning is actually the exact opposite: when a child tells a lie they often cross their fingers behind their back so that other people know they're lying. Generally though, this meaning is communicated through the physical action of showing people your fingers are crossed rather than saying anything, but a conversation like this is possible:

Mr A: Did you do the laundry?
Child: No.
Mr A: I thought you said you would.
Child: Yes, but I had my fingers crossed.
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Re: Fingers crossed | Touch wood

Postby Aaro » Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:32 am

Hi...,
My dear i think it is means superstitions people have about some things in their minds.
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