Break a Leg on Your New Job!

Break a Leg – What?

Meaning: Idiom=Good Luck

There are many different theories about the origin of the word. However,  nowadays is widely spread to say: Good Luck.

Break a leg”, a well-known idiom in theatre, means ¨good luck ¨. Well-wishers typically say “Break a leg” to actors and musicians before they go on stage to perform.  (Wikipedia)

Translation to Spanish: Buena suerte

Pronunciation: bréik a leg


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Unknown origin

The expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person “good luck” is considered bad luck. The expression is sometimes used outside the theatre as superstitions and customs travel through other professions and then into common use. Among professional dancers, the traditional saying is not “break a leg,” but “merde”. (Wikipedia)

In the time of Ancient Greece, people didn’t applaud. Instead, they stomped for their appreciation and if they stomped long enough, they would break a leg. Or, some would have it that the term originated during Elizabethan times when, instead of applause the audience would bang their chairs on the ground—and if they liked it enough, the leg of the chair would break.  Source:

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