字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 295. The idiom today is "knock on wood." Okay. In British English this phrase is said as to touch wood. Okay. Let's continue. This phrase is used in a superstitious manner. So in a superstitious way, especially in order to avoid something bad or unpleasant from happening. It is somewhat connected to the idea of to tempt fate. By boldly stating a particular thing, there is a feeling that some supernatural force may hear you're proud or confident words and reverse you're luck, especially in a negative way. Like what you think that. You know, the God said okay. I'm going to put some spell on you or I'm going to do something so that now the opposite will happen. That's the idea. Why say knock on wood ? Okay, here. This comes from an old belief that touching or hitting wood will avoid disaster. Yeah. So when people do say knock on wood , usually they do take their knuckles and they they knock on it. You know, well if this was wood that would be it. They try to look for something wood and they knock on it and that's supposed to keep away the bad luck, or the bad thing from happening. Many think it may date back to the period of the Druids who considered certain trees to be sacred or holy. So that's where it may have originally come from. Okay. Anyway, and we just give three examples here. Her nephew .... her nephew is so healthy he never gets sick knock on wood. So you almost feel like by saying that like somebody never gets sick that it's almost tempting fate in a way maybe some somebody in the spiritual world or some God or something may say okay, you never get sick. Okay. Bang now, now you got sick. Or in over 30 years of business, he has never been audited by the IRS. Knock on wood. You know, so again you know, that had better continue not to happen. So keep that bad thing away. Or number three here. He has won five years in a row , hopefully this year will make six. Knock on wood. So that's again the usual way to say it. Then you'd probably tap your knuckles on some close-by piece of wood. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope you found it to be very informative and enjoyable. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.