Good morning world, I was thinking the other day about the saying “fingers crossed” and wondering where the saying came from. Of course I know what the saying means and all but I wondered why we say it, what started people saying “fingers crossed”, so I decided to do what we do now days when we want to know something. I Goggled it.........and this is what I found.
To cross one's fingers was a hand gesture commonly used to implore God for protection, as well as to wish for good luck. The gesture is referred to by the common expression "keeping one's fingers crossed" or just "fingers crossed" and has also been historically used in order to allow believers to recognise one another during times of persecution
Modern use of the fingers crossed gesture has little bearing on its religious origins.
A hand gesture denoting a hope for good luck
A physical gesture to indicate a wish for good luck.
A verbal wish for luck
As in: "I'll keep my fingers crossed for you" to signify that the speaker is wishing good luck for the recipient. Sometimes hyperbololised, for instance: "I have crossed all of my fingers and all of my toes" to lend emphasis or to communicate additional sincerity.
A means of nullifying the binding nature of a promise or oath
A belief that crossing one's fingers invalidates a promise being made
A means of allowing or lessening the negative connotations of a lie
Some people, mostly children, also use the gesture to excuse their telling of a white lie. This may have its roots in the belief that the power of the Christian cross might save one from being sent to hell for telling a lie.
So here is the question do you say “fingers crossed”?
If so do you say it often?