"Knock Wood" Correction

by llaprelle - 3/10/12 11:16 AM

In Reply to: Funny by Chaos-Katie

FYI - the saying can be "knock wood" or "knock on wood" It refers to the apotropaic tradition (Apotropaic magic is a type of magic intended to "turn away" harm or evil influences, as in deflecting misfortune or averting the evil eye) in western folklore of literally touching/knocking on wood, or merely stating that you are, in order to avoid "tempting fate" after making a favourable observation, a boast, or speaking of one's own death.