Monday, July 28, 2008

The moral of the story is....

There is a Folk Lore Superstition regarding the giving of a knife as a gift. If the knife is given to a friend, money has to be exchanged as well. It is considered very bad luck to give a knife to someone with out exchanging money or the friendship will be cut by the knife.... Because of this superstition it is common that the gift of a knife be given along with a penny, nickel, or dime so that the recipient can give back the coin, thereby saving the friendship from being severed by the giving of the sharp blade. The exact origin of the superstition is unclear, but even today most people will include a coin with the gift of a knife. The moral of the story is far better to be safe than sorry.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Coins are also exchanged in Europe when someone is given a gift of handkerchiefs. The recipient has to give the giver coins because handkerchiefs imply sad occasions.