- old wives' tale - an old idea or belief that has been proved not to be scientific
- supersition - the belief that particular events happen in a way that cannot be explained by reason or science; the belief that particular events bring good or bad luck
St Swithin's Day
- 'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
- For forty days it will remain
- St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
- For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'
- If on St Swithin's day it really pours
- You're better off to stay indoors.
Exercise 1 - These should be quite easy, in several cases the lines rhyme. Solve the anagrams and type in the words.
|1.||Red sky at (t g h i n), shepherds delight.|
|Red sky in the (g o n m r n i), shepherd's warning.|
|2.||An (p p e a l) a day keeps the doctor away.|
|3.||Feed a (c l d o), starve a fever.|
|4.||Lucky at cards, unlucky in (o e v l).|
|5.||April showers bring May (o e l f r s w).|
|6.||A bride should wear something old, something new,|
|something (d e o o w b r r), something (e u b l).|
|7.||On seeing a magpie|
- One for sorrow, two for (yjo), three for a girl, four for a boy ...
|8.||On walking on the pavement|
- Step on a (a k c r c), break your mother's back
|9.||It's unlucky to walk under (r a e d s l d).|
|10.||Breaking a (o r r i r m) means seven years bad luck.|
|11.||Keep your (n g e f s r i) crossed when you want good luck.|
|12.||Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, (thewaly) and (swie).|
Exercise 2 - A little harder perhaps. Try doing it by process of elimination.
|1.||The first time you see the New Moon should not be through .|
|2.||Actors never call Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' by name, but call it 'The Scottish '.|
|3.||If you spill any salt, throw a of it over your left shoulder.|
|4.||It's unlucky to keep your up indoors.|
|5.||One swallow doesn't make a .|
|6.||When swallows fly low, it means there's going to be .|
|7.||For good luck you should touch .|
|8.||Killing a will make it rain the next day.|
|9.||Sleeping on your back encourages .|
|10.||Only eat seafood if there's an 'r' in the .|
|11.||In the theatre 'Break a !' is said to wish someone 'Good Luck'|
|12.||Some people think it's unlucky to cross somebody else on the .|
- Ex 1 - 1. night,2. morning, 3. apple, 4. cold, 5. love, 6. flowers, 7. borrowed, 8. blue, 9. joy, 10. crack, 11. ladders, 12. mirror, 13. fingers, 14. wealthy, 15. wise
- Ex 1 - 2. glass, 2. play, 3. pinch, 4. umbrella, 5. summer, 6. rain, 7. wood, 8. spider, 9. snoring, 10. month, 11. leg, 12. stairs