File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 116


To: <puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Break A String
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 08:39:48 +1000


Unless your the understudy of course then its....
"BREAK BOTH!"


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Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:48 AM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Break A String


>
> In a message dated 9/12/2005 12:55:52 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> steve-AT-axtell.com 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.
>
> Ax
> Break a leg" . It is a wish of good luck, but the words wish just the
> opposite.
> 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
> trouble.
> 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.
>  Regards
>  Mark
>
>
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