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24th-Nov-2010 09:25 am
Seth
My s.o. and I argue about the stupidest things. For instance I say "touch wood" so as not to jinx something and he says it's "knock on wood", not "touch wood." A bunch of my LJ friends also say "knock on wood". Is that an American thing (and "touch wood" a Canadian or British thing?) Which expression do you use?

Poll #1648787 Sporting wood

Do you say "knock on wood" or "touch wood"?

Knock on wood
79(76.7%)
Touch wood
12(11.7%)
Both
8(7.8%)
Neither
3(2.9%)
Something else (what?)
1(1.0%)
Comments 
24th-Nov-2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I think most people say "knock on wood" cause of the song.
24th-Nov-2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
What song?
24th-Nov-2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Knock on Wood by Eddie Floyd. I'd link to a youtube video, but I'm at work and can't get to it.

(edited to correct artist)

Edited at 2010-11-24 06:09 pm (UTC)
25th-Nov-2010 02:30 am (UTC)
24th-Nov-2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I say 'knock on wood' if I say anything at all. Usually, I just tap my head.
24th-Nov-2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
I do that, too!
24th-Nov-2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of saying "touch wood". It's always been "knock".
24th-Nov-2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
+1
24th-Nov-2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
+2
24th-Nov-2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'm Canadian and I'm a knocker, not a toucher :)
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24th-Nov-2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Just because I was curious, I looked it up. Wikipedia says that "touch wood" is used in the UK, Egypt, Ireland, India, and Australia. It seems like most of the other languages cited translate to "knock", but the article is pretty vague. It's an interesting read, anyway.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocking_on_wood
24th-Nov-2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this. At least I can show him that this isn't some crazy thing peculiar to just me for him to use as grounds to put me in a home some day.
24th-Nov-2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I associate touch on wood with...you know. Penises.

In the origin of the knock-on-wood expression, knock on wood just makes more sense. They believed that the Fair Folk lived in the trees. You knocked on the wood to get the fairies out so they wouldn't go and jinx whatever it is that you were talking about. If you just touched the wood, then the fairies aren't scared/knocked unconcious or whatever.
24th-Nov-2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm in the UK and I say 'touch wood'
24th-Nov-2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm Canadian and I say knock on wood.
25th-Nov-2010 12:35 am (UTC)
I don't use either expression! Well, not for the intended meaning here. I do like to make "touch wood" innuendo.
25th-Nov-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm in the UK and I've only ever heard touch wood.
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27th-Nov-2010 07:56 am (UTC)
I don't say either, but I've heard both.
2nd-Dec-2010 06:33 pm (UTC) - The magic 100
This is the first poll to have 100 people respond ever since I posted this poll, which as of today still hasn't had 100 responses.
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