The Superstition Game
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.