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Episode 56 | S3 E7 – Knock On Wood

Mario Hines July 25, 2023

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This week on Appraise The Phrase:

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This week, Mario and Twenty unveil the origin, confirm the meaning, and assess the value of Knock On Wood.

Watch as Mario and Twenty are joined by Expression AppraisAL Team member Master Sergeant Myron to dig into the origin of the superstition we all do but probably don’t believe…Knock On Wood.


0:00 Intro
0:32 Roll Call: It’s Going To Be A Good Show
1:25 Myron’s Back
3:59 That’s All I Have To Say About Knock On Wood
6:48 Confirm the Meaning: Cambridge Dictionary and
11:13 Unveil The Origin – Pagan Celts
13:30 Unveil The Origin – Jesus and the Cross? Not So Much
18:09 Unveil The Origin – Tiggy Touchwood
27:26: Knock On Wood Around The Globe
38:57 Assess The Value
44:06 Dictionary of Misinformation: Crocodile Tears

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