Etiquette & superstition: winking and blinking

This weekend I observed a man not blink for 20 minutes. His eyes were open and everything.

ETIQUETTE: The early 20th century pamphlet “All About Girls” (found via The Hairpin, eventually) has a lot of rules about what eye gestures mean. I was happy to find these, as I now feel that my “avoid human eye contact” modus operandi is completely justified.

SUPERSTITION: It is unlucky to meet a squinting person of the opposite sex. If you meet a squinting person, you must either:

  • speak to him/her
  • spit over your left shoulder
  • spit three times, or
  • return home and eat a meal

in order to counteract the bad luck.

Photo by 2002ttorry on Flickr


Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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