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The teacher: Polishchuk T.R.British Superstitions
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Most people in the world have some superstitions – they still live on in the age of science. Here are some British superstitions with long traditions…
It’s extremely unlucky to walk under a ladder propped against a wall or building. But if you must pass under the ladder, you can avoid bad luck by crossing your fingers and keeping them crossed until you see a dog. Another remedy is to spit on your shoe and leave the spittle to dry.
It’s unlucky to spill salt. If you do, you must take a pinch and throw it over left shoulder.
It’s very bad luck to open an umbrella in the house – it will either bring misfortune to the person who has opened it or to those who live in the house.
It’s unlucky to meet or pass someone on the stairs. If it’s unavoidable, cross your fingers.
It’s unlucky to take the last peace of the bread on the plate.
It’s bad luck to see one magpie. However, it’s lucky to see two, etc.
It’s unlucky to put new shoes on the table.
It’s bad luck to pick up scissors that you’ve dropped.
It’s extremely unlucky to break a mirror. It means 7 years of bad luck.
The number thirteen is very unlucky and Friday the 13th is a very unlucky date.
Burning cheeks or ears mean someone is talking about you. It’s a friend if your left cheek is burning. It’s an enemy if your right cheek is burning.
A black cat crossing your path will bring you good luck.
A horseshoe over the door of a new house brings good luck. But it must be the right way up.
Clover usually has three leaves, but a few have four. A clover with four leaves is supposed to bring good luck.
It’s lucky to touch wood. If you feel you’ve said something that is tempting fate, touch some item of wood with the right hand. Thank you for your attention!GoodLuck!!!