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October 17, 2006

on October 17, 2006


Today’s little English bit…   About  Magpies

In the British Isles a widespread (mainly found in England and Scotland and less common in Wales and Northern Ireland) traditional rhyme records the myth (it is not clear whether it has been seriously believed) that seeing magpies predicts the future, depending on how many are seen. There are many regional variations on the rhyme, which means that it is impossible to give a definitive version.

The rhyme runs:

One for anger
Two for mirth
Three for a wedding
Four for a birth
Five for rich
Six for poor
Seven for a witch
I can tell you no more.

Alternate versions of this counting rhyme include:

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.

What’s interesting, is that they often appear to in “gaggles” of four or more… or would that be a murder???  There were seven on the telephone antenna on the walk to town today…




2 responses to “October 17, 2006

  1. Mali May says:

    Secret witches in your future.
    Cool – I'd read about magpies but never seen a picture of one before. Thanks!

  2. Lisa_SFF says:

    They're total cutie pies. He he he. Just about everywhere.

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