Saturday, September 25, 2010

Choi! Touch Wood!

To touch wood or knock on wood is a superstition action to ward off any evil consequences or bad luck, perhaps because of some recent action you’ve taken or untimely boasting about your good fortune (“I’ve never been in danger of drowning, touch wood”); it can also be a charm to bring good luck.

The origin is unknown, though some writers have pointed to pre-Christian rituals involving the spirits of sacred trees such as the oak, ash, holly or hawthorn. There is, I’m told, an old Irish belief that you should knock on wood to let the little people know that you are thanking them for a bit of good luck. There’s also a belief that the knocking sound prevents the Devil from hearing your unwise comments. Others have sought a meaning in which the wood symbolises the timber of the cross, but this may be a Christianisation of an older ritual. It wasn’t always wood that was lucky: in older days, iron was also thought to have magical properties, and to touch iron was an equivalent preventative against ill-fortune.

The phrase itself is relatively modern, as the oldest citation for the British version of the phrase, touch wood, that I can find dates only from 1899. The American equivalent knock on wood is roughly contemporary, with my first example from 1905.

Malam Merdeka Yang Menggemparkan

Apa yang anda buat pada malam hari Isnin 30 Ogos 2010 jam 10 malam? Aku ke Genting Highlands menemani Ayebo (kawan seteret) untuk bermalam merdeka di puncak Genting. Pada jam 10 malam, kami baru sampai ke Highlands Hotel dan keluar bersiar-siar.

Pada saat ini, Soosilawati, seorang peguam, seorang pegawai bank dan pemandu mereka sedang dibakar untuk menghapuskan bukti. Sadis. Kejam. Dan semua pelaku perbuatan ini wajar dicincang dan dibakar sebagai pengajaran kepada mereka yang mahu berbuat jenayah kejam seperti ini.

Gambar arah KL pada jam 10.30 malam di bawah ini seolah olah memberitahu ada sesuatu yang sedang berlaku di kawasan barat laut selatan Genting Highlands. Ia menjajar merentasi kota terus ke Morib.

Itu sebenornya lampu KL yer.. Saja je Propa. Tapi Imej ini dirakam pada malam yang malang itu. Dan tepat 12 malam, Soosilawati dan 3 lagi, menjadi sejarah hitam profesen guaman negara.Memang hitam pun yang melakukannya.