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Pin, pin bring me luck, because I stop to pick you up: on magic in the English language
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2001 (English)In: Gothenburg Studies in English, ISSN 0072-503X, Vol. 81, p. 301-311Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Instances of the magical use of English are presented with commentary from material in I. Opie & P. Opie's The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959) & I. Opie & M. Tatem's A Dictionary of Superstitions (1989). A glimpse of a particular object is the occasion for the recitation of many of the 18 cited spells & verbal charms, which are intended to bring luck or repel harm; three divination spells with accompanying ritual acts are suggested to be akin to performative utterances. A multiplicity of taboo words among sailors & fisherman include terms denoting animals & elements of religion, which must be replaced by euphemisms; magical aspects of naming & constraints on the timing of magical utterances are also discussed

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2001. Vol. 81, p. 301-311
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English, Specialization in Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-3306Local ID: 11caf070-c193-11df-a707-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-3306DiVA, id: diva2:976163
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Validerad; 2001; 20100916 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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