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JKay
JKay
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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.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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"Well. I'll go to the foot of our stairs"! "Touch wood" is a common saying in England (and spelled "Touchwood", it is the name of Catweazles toad).

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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doesn't 'touch wood' mean close shave or similar?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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No. Try again :)

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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hmmmm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocking_on_wood
????

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Yes. For instance. You have just repaired your broken computer. Just before you switch it on, to see if your repair worked. You touch wood (for luck)

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Yes I agree :)

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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haha great

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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lighthouse are you suggesting something here....#
:D

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mpc104
mpc104
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here in the usa we say "knock on wood" (just my 2 cents)

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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i think that was stated in the first post. lol

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JKay
JKay
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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!"

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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"doh"!?

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whs
whs
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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.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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"Too many cooks"?
"A bird in the hand"?

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whs
whs
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The full sayings are actually "Too many cooks spoil the mash" and "A sparrow in the hand is better than a pigeon on the roof"

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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In UK
Too many cooks spoil the broth
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

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Aleeve
Aleeve
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yes

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ScottW
ScottW
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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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Aleeve
Aleeve
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Hmm
about wood - i think I get your drift!

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