Description: Cross your fingers when making a wish; cross your fingers for good luck; cross your fingers when telling a lie.
Origin: Medieval Europe and 19th century Europe
Crossing fingers is a kind of shorthand for the Christian Sign of the Cross, which was used extensively in Medieval Europe to guard against devils, witchcraft, curses and bad luck in general. But the earliest written reference to the modern form of crossing the index and middle fingers comes from the 19th century; before that it was more common to clench the thumb over the fingers.
Crossed fingers superstition . . .
well and truly crossed!
Superstitions: Fingers Crossed
Crossed Toes - now we're going too
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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