- A number of folklore collections since the mid-19th century have included instructions for 'wishing on an eyelash'. From Shropshire: 'If an eyelash comes out, put it on the back of the hand, wish, and throw it over the shoulder. If it leaves the hand the wish will come true' (Burne, 1883: 268). A Cornish schoolgirls' version dictates that the lash must be placed on the tip of the nose, and blown off(Folk-Lore Journal 5 (1887), 214).■ Opie and Tatem, 1989: 144.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
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