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Re: Shoot the devil in the eye

Posted by syntinen@btinternet.com on December 17, 2009 at 16:14

In Reply to: Shoot the devil in the eye posted by Saltinureye on December 17, 2009 at 15:30:

: My wife spilled some salt, then threw some over her shoulder and said, "Shoot the devil in the eye".
: Where did that phrase come from? How did she know he was looking over her shoulder?

It's an old superstition that everyone has a devil sitting on (or standing behind) their left shoulder, whispering evil suggestions, and an angel at the right shoulder, urging us to be good. (VSD)