Why do we wish someone good luck by telling them to break a leg?

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paul.fr

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Surely breaking a leg is not good luck?

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Offline Karen W.

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I always screw up and say Good luck! [:I] [:I]

"Life is not measured by the number of Breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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Earliest use of this term appears to date from Germany 1905.

One cannot offend a German hunter more than by wishing him good luck: the orthodox formula when parting with him is; "Weidmann Heil! Brechen Sie Hals und Beine!"

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=508083
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What does that mean Don 1?

"Life is not measured by the number of Breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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Ethos

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What does that mean Don 1?
Bright sportsman, break your neck and legs.

My first wife was German and that would have been one of her fondest wishes.........
« Last Edit: 05/04/2009 04:21:40 by Ethos »

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OUCH.........EWEEEEEEEEEEE Were you a really bad boy??? LOL

"Life is not measured by the number of Breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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OUCH.........EWEEEEEEEEEEE Were you a really bad boy??? LOL
At the drop of a hat, and every opportunity. But alas, time has a way of teaching one things they just weren't ready to accept while in their youth.....................Ethos

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Yeah I hear that!

"Life is not measured by the number of Breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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paul.fr

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Thanks, Don.