File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 110

Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 13:48:51 EDT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Break A String

In a message dated 9/12/2005 12:55:52 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

I thought  "break a leg" meant to go out there and 
give it your best - all your  effort. Try to break 
your leg.  That was my intention with "Break a  
string".   However, it's a futile wish since I 
don't think  they use marionettes anyway.  So....break a  hand.

Break a leg" . It is a wish of good luck, but the words wish just the  
It was once common for people to believe in Sprites. Sprites are actually  
spirits or ghosts that were believed to enjoy wreaking havoc and causing  
If the Sprites heard you ask for something, they were reputed to try to make  
the opposite happen. Telling someone to "break a leg" is an attempt to 
outsmart  the Sprites and in fact make something good happen. Sort of a medieval 
reverse  psychology.  
Of course it has became a popular wish of luck for theater  performers.

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