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What's the logic behind saying..TOUCH WOOD ?

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Asked by chitrasahgal, 10 Feb '08 01:02 pm
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When are hoping for something, we say '...touch wood', and find something wooden to touch, to guard against bad luck. For example, 'The business deal is finalised next week... touch wood'. This dates back to Celtic times. A tree could take evil spirits down into the earth, like a lightning conductor. In a modern office, it is often difficult to find a tree, or indeed anything genuinely wooden. Usually, a melamine-coated chipboard table has to suffice. It is commonly thought that knocking on wood has been a superstitious action to ward off evil throughout history. Some believe it has to do with knocking on the wooden cross. Another explanation for this practice is the dryads (or bad spirits) lived in trees. By knocking on the wood of a tree while making some sort of a bold statement, the speaker could prevent the spirit from hearing him and stop the spirit from interfering.
Answered by Archana Murdeshwar, 10 Feb '08 01:06 pm

 
  
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i say it as touchHOOD[ i mean touch your hood to under stand your friendly love towards stranger/partner/ friend/ or any buddy if you can not make with them.........................may god bless you all/ so say touch hood/amen!/ash
Answered by rashmi kambli, 10 Feb '08 01:04 pm

 
  
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Knocking on wood, and the spoken expression "knock on wood" or "touch wood" are used to avoid "tempting fate" after making some boast or speaking of one's own death.The expression is usually used in the hope that a good thing will continue to occur after it as been acknowledged.
Answered by Zodiac, 10 Feb '08 01:06 pm

 
  
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Knocking on wood, and the spoken expression "knock on wood" or "touch wood" are used to avoid "tempting fate" after making some boast or speaking of one's own death.
The expression is usually used in the hope that a good thing will continue to occur after it as been acknowledged. So, for example, one might say: "The rain looks like it's holding off, touch wood", or "Knock on wood, I'm much better now."
It is commonly thought that knocking on wood has been a superstitious action to ward off evil throughout history involving both Pagan and Christian belief systems. Some believe it has to do with knocking on the wooden cross. Another explanation for this practice is the pagan belief that spirits (dryads) lived in trees.By knocking on the wood of a tree while making some sort of a bold statement, the speaker could prevent the spirit from hearing him and stop the spirit from interfering[citation needed] or out of respect for t ...more
Answered by GOPI KUMAR, 10 Feb '08 01:09 pm

 
  
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