Superstitions and why we have them


Bernard Breslau’s  1959 hit song assured everyone that we  need  feet –  ‘to keep your sox on, and stop your legs from fraying at the ends’.  But we are assured from other quarters that we  need them for additional things, and there are superstitions to tell us:

  • To start any new  journey, lead with the right  foot, not the left.
  • Do not enter a house with your left foot first – particularly a bride coming to her first home.
  • When dressing,  put the right shoe on first ( if the left one is put  on first, the day will go badly)

Feet with high insteps attract two interpretations from the superstitious.  The Chinese would have it that people  with a high foot arch are independent and self-sufficient.  But Britain and America tend to the superstition that a high instep indicates good  breeding (parts of  the United States further observe that foot arches high enough to let water  flow through demonstrate the finest ancestry).

Published by Exisle Publishing

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Max Cryer

Max Cryer is well known for his books on language and other subjects. In a long career, he has been a teacher, television host and m.c. as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. He is now a full-time writer.