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Re: Another Happy Birthday!

From:M. Å. <moriquende@...>
Date:Saturday, April 6, 2002, 20:18
>From: Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU >Subject: Re: Another Happy Birthday! >Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2002 15:11:36 +0200 > >It could be an expression you *mustn't* answer to, like we have in theater >in >France. When you want to wish good luck to an actor or a director before >the >beginning of a theater play, you cannot use "good luck" ("bonne chance") >since >it brings bad luck :)) (actors are quite superstitious when it comes to >acting :)) ). You have to say "Merde !" (yes indeed, you read me >correctly :)) ) and the person who receives the wish mustn't answer to it. >Are >there other languages (nat- and/or con-) that also have insults promoted to >good wish interjections in some situations?
Finnish has a *physical* insult. Idiomatic phrase "kick of luck" means a lucky accident, and therefore young people (at least where I live) sometimes really kick each other on the bottom (gently :) to wish luck before hard situations, such as tests in school, or very probably a play. This might of course be a calque and thus well known for half the list, I have no idea... --- -M. Å. _________________________________________________________________ Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device: