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Old 01-14-2014, 07:55 AM
 
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coworkers talking about random stuff....and every 2 minutes, it's "oh that's never happened to me before....'knock on wood'...."

it makes me want to go over and knock them in the head with a piece of 2 by 4!


i used to say it too....(don't know why)....and sometimes it even slips out to this day....but i'm curious about any of you atheists say this phrase....and jebus forbid, do you believe that saying the phrase somehow prevents that thing from happening?
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:12 AM
 
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Eh ... it's just an expression that means "with luck". IIRC I read once that it originated in knocking on trees to wake up the wood sprites or some such that was once considered good luck, but I seriously doubt that most people know or certainly believe that anymore.

It's funny how certain expressions drive certain people to distraction. I've met people who go bonkers whenever they hear catch phrases like "my bad!". It's just whatever triteness disagrees with you, I guess.
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Another one I'm hoping doesn't have a carry permit.
What movie theaters do you go to?

This is becoming a scary place.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Whaddya mean if saying it does anything? It doesn't do anything unless you ACTUALLY knock on wood. And not on that fake stuff either!



Seriously, have to say, I've worked for a long time with some superstitious people. I have over time picked up a habit of knocking from time to time, but I do it with tongue firmly in cheek. At the appropriate time, I might just give a and knock on the nearest wood. I don't typically say the words. I think more often it's in response to what someone else is saying, not what I'm saying.

Anyway, yeah, would agree that certain expressions are just nails on a chalkboard for some folks. I'm guessing that's the case here.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:48 AM
 
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but i'm curious about any of you atheists say this phrase....and jebus forbid, do you believe that saying the phrase somehow prevents that thing from happening?
I do not say it but I would not read too much into people who do. Certainly it would not bring me to wish to do violence upon them as you have indicated above. Such anger requires anger management and I heartily recommend you seek some.

A lot of language, and gestures like the one you describe, are cultural however. People engage with them out of a cultural habit. I would risk a guess that the number of people who do it actually believing that it will affect reality in any measurable way are far outweighed by those who do not.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:06 AM
 
Location: NJ
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A lot of language, and gestures like the one you describe, are cultural however. People engage with them out of a cultural habit. I would risk a guess that the number of people who do it actually believing that it will affect reality in any measurable way are far outweighed by those who do not.
Exactly. I say all kinds of stuff that is purely cultural. I have been known to utter a few "jesus christs" and "oh my gods" in my time. I didn't expect them to answer me.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:17 AM
 
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Exactly. I say all kinds of stuff that is purely cultural. I have been known to utter a few "jesus christs" and "oh my gods" in my time. I didn't expect them to answer me.
I agree. But I remember in a Christian religious forum in the days of Netnews when Christian believer was vehement that people who used "God" or "Jesus Christ" in cursing or wishing were really, really believers. He couldn't accept, being locked in his own belief system, that some who said, "God damn it!" in anger was not really intending to invoke divine power in a moment of desperation.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:56 AM
 
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Here's the story about why people say "Knock on wood."

Knocking on wood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Leeds, England
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The two I like are in response to something you have just seen that astonished you:

1) Christ on a bike
2) Jesus wept
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:04 AM
 
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The two I like are in response to something you have just seen that astonished you:

1) Christ on a bike
2) Jesus wept
3) Jesus Christ on toast
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