Posted by TheFallen on October 14, 2002
In Reply to: From the archives posted by Shae on October 13, 2002
: : : Does anyone know the origins of the superstition that if "rabbit" is your first word uttered on the first day of the month, you will have good luck for that month?
: : Searching
the archives using the words "rabbit" and "month" produced a previous discussion
: : http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/14/messages/57.html
: : (link below).
: I'd quarrel with the following contribution to the discussion in the link:
: : : "Before Christianity in the British Isles, the hare, like the cat, was thought to be a witch in disguise. This witch could only be killed with a silver bullet." Bloody inventive, we ancient Britons were... *grin*.
: Witches, silver bullets and familiars such as hares and cats are a late medieval concept. There is no evidence of their use as such in pre-Christian Britain or Ireland.
I rather think that the concept of a silver bullet was a tad later than both pre-Christian and late mediaeval times.