Speak of the Devil

Posted by Word Camel on February 12, 2002

In Reply to: Speak of the Devil posted by Jennifer on February 12, 2002

: I'm trying to figure out where this term came from. It occurred to me that this is not a very nice thing to say to someone, when your are talking about them. Any ideas

I remember reading that this term came from a time when it was considered dangerous to speak the name of the devil because he might hear you and decide to make evil things happen to you. I think the full term is "Speak of the Devil and he shall appear."