Has anyone else noticed that the phrase, "Break A Leg," is disappearing, or is it just a trend out here in Michigan?
In December, my kids were Angel's in the Nutcracker. You know how some local productions lets parents buy ads in the programs? I bought one and told my girls to "Break A Wing," to be cute.
Every night in the audience, I would hear people in utter disbelief that a Mom would wish that for her kids.
We have a big dance competition out here this weekend, and every time I say, "Break A Leg," some people look at me like I'm crazy.
WHAT? Please tell me you all still use this phrase activily and it's just this area. I know times change, but I will never let the standard phrase go.
Take care ...
Same around here- I'm surprised no one had heard it before ! That's very odd. I'm not hard-core theatre by any means, but I've always known of this expression and heard it often, and I've seen it in those ads you mention....
( How are you doing, Julie? Were all three kids angels- how cute ! :) )
i guess you must be familiar with performing arts to know it...
in french we say "merde!" which means "s**t", and once i also came across people who didn't know it and i thought it was odd..
Here is the history of "Break a Leg". It goes all the back to Shakespeare-times. If someone did an exceptionally good show, they would have to bow or curtsey, requiring them to bend their knee or......you got it.....break (bend) their leg. What they are saying is, "I hope your show is so great, you have to take a lot of bows".
Saying "good luck on your show" has the underpinning of saying "you really have no talent, so the only thing that will make your show be any good is if you get lucky".
There are numerous alleged sources...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_a_leg