Okay so this one really is Off Topic Lighthouse lol. I noticed reading through some of the forums that somebody from austrailia said something then had "(touch wood)" after that. Kinda like I would say "knock on wood" with trying to find wood to knock on, and if there's not any around use your buddies head, but anyway, thought it was interesting, and realized we have a lot of different countries that all speak at least a little english... you know where I'm going with this, just curious.
Your countries sayings...(66 posts)
we've got a lot of stupid questions sayings, like "there's no stupid questions just stupid people.", "The only stupid question is one that isnt asked.", and my philosophy "the only stupid question is one you already know the answer to!"
It is interesting that sayings seem to only work in the original language. I have tried several times to translate German or French sayings into American, but then people look at me as if I commited a crime or make that sweet/sour face.
A pigeon on the roof isn't worth anything to me, so saying something is better seems obvious. That one doesn't translate well.
Here in the US, knock on wood could be quite painful and touch wood is just...naughty!
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