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feet
   English lore is apparently much less concerned with feet than its Scots, Irish, and Manx neighbours. The only belief which has predominately English examples is that if your sole itches or tickles you will tread strange ground. This is reported first in 1755, and was still current at least in the 1950s, and is one of the many beliefs concerned with itching parts of the body. A notion reported in 1878 (N&Q 5s:9 (1878), 286, 476) is that where two toes are partially joined, called 'twin toes' they are reputed to be lucky, although it is not stated how this luck will be manifested. It is also said that all important journeys should start on the right foot, and many accounts of the custom of first footing at *New Year stipulate that the first-footer should not be flat-footed.
   See also *shoes.
   ■ Opie and Tatem, 1989: 165-7.

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