some american superstitions
There are a countless numbers of american superstitions that the americans believes and practices in their daily life. but in this section i will mention only some of them because of their enormous amount extracted from « 101 american superstitions » by Harry Collis:
« If you sing before seven, you will cry before eleven »
There is an old belief that the morning is too early to be happy. Happiness has to be earned each day otherwise, you are sure to have bad luck.
« Asking god’s blessing for a sneezer »
People once believed the soul could escape from the body when a person sneezed. To stop this from happening, people ask god to bless and so to protect the person who sneezes.
« Stopping hiccups »
It was once believed that a person with hiccups was possessed by the devil. Many remedies are supposed to supposed to stop hiccups. Such as scaring the person or having the person hold her nose while drinking water.
« cover your mouth when you yawm »
An old superstition says that yawming is caused by the devil and that evil spirits enter the body when your mouth is open wide. Covering your mouth stops them. Now, it is simply considered rude not to cover your mouth when you yawm.it is also believed that watching someone else yawm will cause you to yawm too.
« An itchy nose predicts a quarrel »
There are many superstitions about itching. For example, an itchy nose means you are going to have a quarrel with someone.
« Spitting on your hands for strength »
Seeing animalslocking their wounds caused people to believe that saliva had some magical healing power. Even today the first thing someone does when they hurt their fingeris put it in their mouth.nowadays, when we spit on our hands, we are asking for added strength.
« Cross your fingers to make a wish come true»
Those wishing for luck will often cross one finger over another, a gesture that's said to date back to early Christianity. The story goes that two people used to cross index fingers when making a wish, a symbol of support from a friend to the person making the wish. (Anything associated with the shape of the Christian cross was thought to be good luck.) The tradition gradually became something people could do on their own; these days, just saying "fingers crossed" is enough to get the message, well, across.
« Black cats crossing your path »
As companion animals for humans for thousands of years, cats play all sorts of mythological roles. In ancient Egypt, cats were revered; today, Americans collectively keep more than 81 million cats as pets.
So why keep a black cat out of your path? Most likely, this superstition arises from old beliefs in witches and their animal familiars, which were often said to take the form of domestic animals like cats.
« Knock on wood »
This phrase is almost like a verbal talisman, designed to ward off bad luck after tempting fate: "Breaking that mirror didn't bring me any trouble, knock on wood."
The fixation on wood may come from old myths about good spirits in trees or from an association with the Christian cross. Similar phrases abound in multiple languages, suggesting that the desire not to upset a spiteful universe is very common