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KNOCK ON WOOD

YOU SAY SOMETHING THEN KNOCK 3 TIMES SO THAT NO BAD LUCK
WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; SUPERNATURAL: KNOCKING ON WOOD

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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BELIEF

IN UKRAINE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A PERSON SPEAKS OF HIS OWN GOOD
FORTUNE, HE SHOULD AFTERWARDS KNOCK THREE TIMES ON SOME RAW,
UNFINISHED WOOD SO HIS LUCK WON'T CHANGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT COLLECTED INFORMATION PASSED ON BY GRANDPARENTS IN UKRAINE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SUPERNATURAL: KNOCKING ON WOOD ; UKRAINIAN BELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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THE "KNOCKING ON WOOD" SIGNIFIES LUCK THAT A PERSON
NEEDS. BY DOING IT, THE PERSON HOPES THAT ALL TURNS
OUT THE WAY IT IS DESIRED.

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Where learned: ON A DATE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; Knock ; Knocking ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 02-12-1968

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IF YOU SAY SOMETHING LIKE "I'VE NEVER BROKEN MY LEG,"
KNOCK ON WOOD SO IT WON'T HAPPEN.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; Knock ; Knocking ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 04-02-1968

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YOU TAP A PIECE OF WOOD TO PREVENT THE LOSS OF GOOD
LUCK BY MENTIONING THE FACT THAT YOU HAD GOOD LUCK.

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Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; Knock ; Knocking ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; WOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): Knock On Wood

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING GOOD LUCK AND YOU HAPPEN TO
MENTION IT OUT LOUD, YOU SHOULD KNOCK ON A PIECE OF
WOOD SO YOUR LUCK WILL NOT LEAVE YOU.

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Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; Knock ; Knocking ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE WHO JUST LOST THEIR
HUSBAND (DIED OR DIVORCED), YOU KNOCK ON WOOD SO
YOU WON'T LOSE YOURS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; DEATH ; Divorce ; GESTURE ; HUSBAND ; Knock ; Knocking ; LUCK ; MARRIAGE ; SUPERSTITION ; Wife ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.44

Date learned: 01-25-1968

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KNOCK ON WOOD FOR LUCK.

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Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; Knock ; Knocking ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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