You often hear kids say, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." The entries on this list suggest otherwise. This list is full of forbidden words and phrases throughout history that can allegedly cause harm if they're spoken out loud (or, in some cases, even if they're written down).
These supposedly dangerous words and names come from different religions, mythologies, rituals, and superstitions from all across the globe. Some, like the fear of "summoning" bears, actually had a long-term impact on the English language. Others, like the theatrical prohibitions against saying "Macbeth" or "Good luck," are just pure superstition. The religious word and name taboos, while odd to non-believers, are taken very seriously by practitioners.
As such, you might want to read this list of forbidden words silently and not aloud...
Afraid of Summoning Bears, People Used to Say "Brown Ones" Instead
Fearful Doctors Used to Write "Σ" Instead of "Syphilis"Photo: Monoar / Pixabay/CC0 1.0
Actors Think Saying "Macbeth" Will Curse a Production
Chanting "Bloody Mary" Is a Bloody Bad IdeaPhoto: Pixabay/CC0 1.0
Some Aboriginal People Won't Utter the Name of the Recently Deceased
Wishing an Actor "Good Luck" Is Bad Luck