English Phrases for Bringing Us Luck

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Many people do things for good luck, like putting on a left sock first or avoiding walking under ladders. Some English sayings come from these beliefs. For luck, people might say "keep your fingers crossed" or "touch wood" (in the UK) or "knock on wood" (in the US). "Keep your fingers crossed" means hoping for good things. People might even cross their fingers when they say it. "Touch wood" or "knock on wood" is about avoiding bad luck. It might be from old beliefs about spirits in trees. Another phrase, "break a leg," is used to wish luck to actors before they perform. Actors believe saying "good luck" is bad, so they say something bad to make the opposite happen!


1- What do people say when they hope for good things and might even cross their fingers?

2- What phrase is used to wish luck to actors before they perform?

3- What does "touch wood" or "knock on wood" aim to do in terms of luck?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Engoo Daily News.