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Uncommon Knowledge: Why do we knock on wood?

September 22, 2014

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From acing an interview to the perfect first date, the safest follow up to ensure a good outcome is a hearty knock on the nearest tree or tabletop. In a pinch, even shiny laminate or your loopy aunt tapping on her head for show can do the trick. Rooted in superstition, many believe that this practice stemmed from pagan Europeans raising a loud ruckus to chase away evil spirits from their homes and in trees. This noise would prevent them from hearing about or ruining a person’s good luck. Over time, the “ruckus” needed was reduced to a simple knock on wood, so either the spirits grew hard of hearing or we just got lazy. Either way, you’re going to nail that promotion—knock on wood.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Krystal September 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I “knock on wood” all the time and ALL my friends think I’m crazy! I love seeing this thank you!

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