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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

why do people knock on wood after someone knocks on wood?

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  • Crash
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    1 decade ago
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    The derivation may be the association that wood and trees have with good spirits in mythology, or with the Christian cross. It used to be considered good luck to tap trees to let the wood spirits within know you were there. Traditions of this sort still persist in Ireland.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Knocking on wood is a superstition to ensure that talking about something good will not "jinx" it. I have no idea how the superstition came to be. But I have never heard of someone knocking on wood after someone else knocks on wood. Perhaps they are adding their own wishes?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    knocking on wood is a way to keep the wood druids from coming into your home. that's why people do it.

    Source(s): my grandma
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its just superstition. I don't do it. Even walk under ladders and own a black cat!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Cause its only polite to say hi when they say hi frist.

    Source(s): Life
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  • 1 decade ago

    Its a superstition..so you don't jinxs yourself

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