bird droppings


bird droppings
   Having bird droppings land on you is, strangely enough, considered lucky. The notion is still current, having been reported regularly in our 1998 *Superstitions Survey, but the first known reference is little more than a hundred years old:
   'It's a pity this isn't Easter Day', said he; 'for we say in Cleveland that if a bird drops on you on Easter Day you'll be lucky all the year after'. He added that on Whitsunday, if you don't put on at least one brand-new article of dress the birds will be sure to come and 'drop' on you ... (N&Q 5s:10 (1878), 287)
   See also *excrement.
   ■ Opie and Tatem, 1989: 142.

A Dictionary of English folklore. . 2014.

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