BROOM SUPERSTITIONS #1
Never move a broom from one house to another.
Never step over a broom.
Do not touch anyone with the broom while you are sweeping. You will have bad luck if you do.
If your feet are touched by a broom you will never be rich.
If you let a broom fall from your hand you are going to have bad luck.
Never buy a broom in August. You will have bad luck if you do.
You will have bad luck if you throw a broom out of a window.
If you step over a broom you will never get married.
Never hit a child with a broom; it will make him lazy.
Never hit a child with a broom; it will make him stupid.
Never stand a broom on its handle.
If a person comes to your house and you want him to leave, put a broom behind the door.
If you have company and you want them to leave sweep behind them.
---Hilda Roberts, "Louisiana Superstitions," The Journal of American Folklore, 1927
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