101 American Superstitions: Understanding Language and Culture Through Superstitions
Here's a delighfful collection of American superstitions, wonderfully illustrated with whimsical cartoons. 101 American Superstitions will amuse you for hours - while giving insight into American customs, beliefs, and humor. Each superstition is accompanied by an explanation and then is used in a real-life context - either in a dialogue or in a narrative - to show how these beliefs and behaviors fit into everyday life. This lively text offers nonnative speakers of English a wealth of linguistic and cultural information - while native speakers of English will enjoy seeing these principles of folk wisdom illustrated with wit and whimsy.
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101 American Superstitions According to tradition April Fool's Day Beginner's luck black cat crossing borrowed bread and butter Break a leg bridal bouquet bride and groom bring bad luck bring misfortune card table clover considered Cover your mouth crack custom Destroying a spiderweb dinner doorknob Easter Bunny eggs evil eye evil spirits finger fortune four-leaf clover groundhog Groundhog Day guest hair will cause Hanging clothes happy honeymoon horseshoe itchy nose knock on wood ladder last piece looking lose Lucky three marriage married newlyweds Nowadays once believed Orange blossoms person Placing shoes playing cards rabbit's foot Section seven-year itch Stopping hiccups Superstition says sure symbol Tea leaves tell the future things throw away unwanted Throwing rice toast tooth two-dollar bill unlucky at love unwanted bread Valentine's Day walk Wearing an acorn wedding kiss Whistling white wedding wish come true wishbone yawn