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Knock On Wood - Captcha Challenge

Another captcha challenge for the site. I make capthcha posts as I get these. I keep a list and then get back to those that I missed. Anyway, on to today's captcha challenge. I got 'knock on wood'. This is a popular phrase that we utter so as to stave off bad luck. We would literally knock on wood, rap our knuckles on a piece of furniture made of wood, and say 'knock on wood. It is believed that the phrase was a spin-off from the British phrase 'touch wood'.

It is commonly believed that the phrase 'knock on wood' is associated with ancient beliefs that wood or forest have spirits that guide us in our everyday life. Travelers often believed that tapping trees is a sign of respect to the spirits dwelling in forests and is a means to get the spirits' blessing for a safe passage through the forest. Another school of thought is that the phrase is related to Christians touching a wooden cross.

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Soonerdad3 wrote on April 24, 2015, 10:19 PM

Very interesting, as a person that says knock on wood quite frequently I never knew the origins of the saying.