Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ни пуха, ни пера! Russian Lucky T-shirt

For all of you who is doing finals: Lucky T-shirt. The Russian phrases on this T-shirt is a traditional wish to a student going for an exam:

Ни пуха, ни пера! (lit. (wish you) neither fur, nor feather!) Similar to ‘break a leg’.

Traditional response:

К чёрту! (lit. go to hell!)

The phrase was used as an indirect (negative) farewell “spell” said to hunters leaving for a hunt and aiming to spoof and scare devilry. It was believed that direct good luck wishing could put the evil eye on the hunters and overlook the luck.

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