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Don't split the pole

Posted by R. Berg on December 07, 2005

In Reply to: Don't split the pole posted by Victoria S Dennis on December 06, 2005

: : Several years ago I worked with inner-city African-American families from Chicago, Illinois. When I would take walks with them and an obstacle was in the way (i.e. a telephone pole, utility pole, flag pole) it was important that the group walk together around the pole and not separate. They would often say "Don't split the pole." What is the origin of this phrase?
: It sounds as though the superstition you describe was the origin of the phrase.

For a custom with a similar context, try "bread and butter" in the archives.