The Superstition Game

Dear Readers,

As we all know, Halloween is tomorrow, and I'd like to celebrate with you. I just got a dictionary of superstitions, yes, there is such a thing. Wonderful, wonderful book. Now, I would like to share it with you.

According to Wikipedia, superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to folk beliefs deemed irrational, which is appropriate since irrational means "not based on reason". This leads to some superstitions being called "old wives' tales". It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the irrational belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.

The etymology is from the classical Latin superstitio, literally "a standing over [in amazement]", but other interpretations include an over-scrupulousness in religion or a "hold-over" from older beliefs . The word is attested in the 1st century BC, notably in Livy and Ovid, in the meaning of an unreasonable or excessive belief in fear or magic, especially foreign or fantastical ideas. Cicero, however, derives the term from the "superstitiosi" ("survivors"): parents indulging in excessive prayer and sacrifice hoping that their children would survive them to perform their necessary funeral rituals. By the 1st century AD, it came to refer to "religious awe, sanctity; a religious rite" more generally.

Seriously, almost everything has a superstition associated with it. I totally didn't know that even Taxi drivers have their own superstitions.

So, let's play a game.

Give me a common everyday word in the comments section and I'll post the superstition associated with it.



  1. Great blog posting, Kate. OK - here's a word: writer.

  2. Ohhhh, fun. Let's try: "notepad".

  3. I have a thing for ravens. Any interesting raven superstitions?
    From the Shadows

  4. I love this idea Kate.
    How about fiction?

  5. Hi Kate! Thanks for the e-Mail message from Book Blogs. My book review site is

    Let's see, my word for the game is "phobia". Ever wonder how many superstitions are related to the lottery?

    See you later, Don

  6. It's been hailing in my part of the world tonight. How about "hail."

  7. OOoohhh! How about "midnight"?


  8. Anything about gray hairs in there?.... I may or may not have found a gray hair atop my head. Just curious.

  9. Kate:

    This is fun. How about the word, "wonder?" After it all, it was Stevie Wonder who sang that fabulous song, Superstition.


  10. Ooohh, this sounds like fun! As a matter of fact, my word for this game is 'fun'. Any superstitions linked to that word?

  11. I like the word thimble...
    waiting to be supersitioned- Thanks!

  12. Hi Kate,

    Any superstitions about Mondays?

    The Enchanted Book

  13. HI! Nice kowing u KATE
    umm... what about umm.. friends huh!!


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