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THERE IS A BELIEF IN THE THEATRE THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO WISH
AN ACTOR GOOD LUCK ON A PERFORMANCE. THE PERSON INSTEAD WISHES
THE ACTOR BAD LUCK BY SAYING "BREAK A LEG." THIS IN TURN WILL
BRING THE ACTOR GOOD LUCK ON HIS PERFORMANCE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLARKSVILLE

Subject headings: DRAMA -- D000
BELIEF -- P82
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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