The Addictionary of Oxford English | Superstition

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Definition of superstition (noun) in English:

Superstition


NOUN

1 [ mass noun] Excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural.

Superstition? I wouldn’t carry a black cat and an open umbrella under a ladder indoors for a billion pounds.” – Oxford English

2 [count noun] A widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such a belief.

Superstition’s what’s kept the human race alive for millennia! I don’t give a dog bollocks if Zeus isn’t actually hurling lightning from Mount Olympus – it’ll still bloody kill you either way.” – Oxford English


Superstition Quotes about Oxford English

“We used to sneak out of our rooms and play ‘Bloody Mary’ in the wee hours of the morning. Oxford said 3 AM was the best – the witching hour, he called it. I remember standing in front of the bathroom mirror with our torches, saying, “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary –” I’m not daft enough to say it a third time. He held many superstitions – but also liked a laugh; I suppose. So we turned the tap on, put our torches under our chins, said the phrase, and – BAM – there she was. Mary bloody Tudor herself. She whispered in this raspy, high pitched voice: ‘Are you Catholic?’ Before I could stop him, Oxford said, ‘Fuck no.’ She chased him with a butcher knife all through the house ‘til daybreak.” – Richard Coldwater (Sad, Nondescript Orphan Barely Worth Mentioning)

“Oxford’s held every superstition under the roof for as long as I’ve known him. I could tell he had had some… interesting run-ins with the supernatural as a child. He wouldn’t say, specifically, but the way he acted when things went bump in the night… Well, one night I decided to bring out Grandmummy’s old Ouija board. It was from the 1800s – you know how mad those Victorians were about their séances. We’d been engaged only a few weeks, and I wanted to ask my dear, late grandmummy if she approved of our union. The planchette quite literally flew across the board and landed on ‘NO.’ Suddenly, this ethereal white hand appeared out of thin air, grabbed him by the willy, and yanked him out the door. Poor Oxford was screaming and hollering… I tried to follow after him, but he was long gone. Never answered my phone calls again. Sometimes I still see him out at the local Sainsbury’s, but he’ll drop his entire basket and run out of the store the second he spots me.” – Edith Biggs (Fiancee #3)


Origin

Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin superstitio(n-), from super- ‘over’ + stare ‘to stand’ (perhaps from the notion of ‘standing over’ something in awe)


Pronunciation

superstition /ˌsuːpəˈstɪʃ(ə)n/



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Sir Alexander Johns

Sir Alexander Johns grew up in South Manchester, the son of the neighborhood gossip, until they were exiled, as his mother began spreading false and malicious rumors when all the towns real information dried up. While in hiding, Alexander picked up his mother's chit chatty skills and applied them to a weekly paper he wrote and distributed at his new Upper School, called 'Bollocks.' Circulation in his first year reached a whopping 1000 copies a week, and he was quickly the most loved, yet hated, person on campus. Alexander's exploits and new found wealth got him accepted into Oxford University where he majored in English and Creative Writing. He recreated his weekly newspaper, this time calling it 'Suck My Bollocks', for the University crowd and it quickly became the National Enquirer of the Oxford world. Money began pouring in. However, the Oxford Elite were not impressed as they were now subject to the same gossip as his previous school and administration. After his first semester, Alexander was quickly dismissed for breaking many school ethics laws about Libel, Slander, and Wire Fraud. Soon after his dismissal, Alexander became obsessed with causing a stir and wrote his first book. It was the Unauthorized Biography of Elton John entitled 'Fat Drug Addict.' It became a huge smash hit and caused a major ruckus in the inner circles of London High Society. He followed that up with an even bigger hit, the Unauthorized Biography of Margaret Thatcher called 'The Many Men in Margaret's Thatch.' He has since written over 20 Unauthorized Biographies and sold over 120 million copies around the world, and was knighted by the Queen of Denmark, in return for never moving to or writing about any member of Danish decent.

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