today i learned – sun 13th jan 2019

phrases confuse me … this is just one of many! 🤷🏻‍♂️

#tdil how the phrase ‘touch wood’ or ‘knock on wood’ came about 🤔

one of the things that makes phrases so confusing is the large amount of explanations behind them 🙃 no one really knows the reason for most of them 😂

anyway … here’s a few reasons behind touch wood! 🙈

the first explanation that people have is one of pagan origin. pagans used to believe (they probably still do! don’t know why i went for ‘used to’) that trees were home to fairies, spirits and other mythical creatures 🍄.

in order to request good luck or to distract spirits with evil intentions, pagans would knock or touch on wood 🌳. if they were after good luck, they’d actually knock a few times – once when they politely mentioned the request and a second time to say thank you. it was thought that the knocking would prevent evil spirits from hearing you and intervening 👹.

some other traditions say that knocking on wood would awaken and release benevolent wood fairies that lived there.

the saying could also be of christian origin – it’s all to do with the cross. you see, some christians believe that by touching wood you are touching the wood of the cross and therefore asking for the protection of god 🌩.

some people also believe that by carrying around/wearing some kind of wooden artefact or the cross itself, you would have good luck 👍🏻 #ideal

tatty bye yo 😎 #tdil

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😬 if you feel like reading some more, you just need to go ->here<-

(picture time! the header is ->here<- and the other is ->here<-)

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