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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 295. The idiom today is "knock on

  • wood." Okay. In British English this phrase is

  • said as to touch wood. Okay. Let's continue. This phrase is used in a superstitious

  • manner. So in a superstitious way, especially in order to avoid something

  • bad or unpleasant from happening. It is somewhat connected to the idea of to

  • tempt fate. By boldly stating a particular thing, there is a feeling that some

  • supernatural force may hear you're proud or confident words and reverse you're luck,

  • especially in a negative way. Like what you think that. You know, the God

  • said okay. I'm going to put some spell on you or I'm going to do something so that

  • now the opposite will happen. That's the idea. Why say knock on wood ? Okay, here.

  • This comes from an old belief that touching or hitting wood will avoid

  • disaster. Yeah. So when people do say knock on wood , usually they do take their

  • knuckles and they they knock on it. You know, well if this was wood that would

  • be it. They try to look for something wood and they knock on it and that's

  • supposed to keep away the bad luck, or the bad thing from happening. Many think

  • it may date back to the period of the Druids who considered certain trees to

  • be sacred or holy. So that's where it may have originally come from. Okay. Anyway,

  • and we just give three examples here. Her nephew .... her nephew is so healthy

  • he never gets sick knock on wood. So you almost feel like by

  • saying that like somebody never gets sick that it's almost tempting fate in a

  • way maybe some somebody in the spiritual world or some God or something may say

  • okay, you never get sick. Okay. Bang now, now you got sick. Or in over 30

  • years of business, he has never been audited by the

  • IRS. Knock on wood. You know, so again you know, that had better continue not to

  • happen. So keep that bad thing away. Or number three here. He has won five years

  • in a row , hopefully this year will make six. Knock on wood. So that's again the

  • usual way to say it. Then you'd probably tap your knuckles on some close-by

  • piece of wood. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope you found it to be very

  • informative and enjoyable. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 295. The idiom today is "knock on

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