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    Is it a sign of sth?

    Is it a sign of sth?


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    #2

    Re: Is it a sign of sth?

    That's called "crossing your fingers" and it is done for good luck.

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    Re: Is it a sign of sth?

    I'm not sure if this is an AmE vs BrE difference, but I wouldn't say it's for good luck exactly. Here, we usually do this as a superstition meaning that whatever it is we're saying we want to happen/not happen will come true.

    However, there is an alternative meaning. If you keep your fingers crossed behind your back when making an promise to someone, the promise is invalid and you don't have to keep it!

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    Re: Is it a sign of sth?

    Yes, you have said it more eloquently than I have.

    It's a superstition. It can be used to ward off evil, or to summon good fortunes.

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    #5

    Re: Is it a sign of sth?

    But I would say it's very common in the US to do it for luck.

    I have a job interview tomorrow.
    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

    (We have the same thing about keeping your fingers crossed behind your back, though.)
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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Is it a sign of sth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But I would say it's very common in the US to do it for luck.

    I have a job interview tomorrow.
    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

    (We have the same thing about keeping your fingers crossed behind you back, though.)
    This is totally off-topic. The expression 'fingers crossed behind one's back' caught my attention.
    I don't know even how to ask this. But ... behind your back? Hmm

    Thank you for commenting!

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    Re: Is it a sign of sth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    This is totally off-topic. The expression 'fingers crossed behind one's back' caught my attention.
    I don't know even how to ask this. But ... behind your back? Hmm

    Thank you for commenting!
    If you want to ask what "behind your back" means, one possible way is:
    "What does "behind your back" mean?" Anyhow, I'll assume that's your question.

    If you reach behind you with one arm and place you hand on your lumbar region, you hand is "behind your back". Naturally, "in front of" and "behind" are relative positions, so you could conceive of this being "in front of your back" (relative to your back). But if you consider the direction in which you are looking to be "forwards", your abdomen is in front of your internal organs, which are in front of your back, and behind them all is your hand, which you've placed "behind your back".

    This woman has her hands clenched behind her back:
    http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/20...ststretch.html

    Does this help?

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