Some actors used to be, and still are, very supertitious, Therefore, instead of saying ''Good luck'' (they thought they would jinx themselves if they did this) they would say ''Break a leg''. Though they really meant to say ''Good Luck''.
There is a superstition in the theatre, and other performing arts, that to wish someone "good luck" before a performance will bring bad luck! Instead, it is customary to say "break a leg!"
The 'leg' is part of the curtain that comes up and down after a finale. Extreme use of the 'leg' could cause it to break. When the audience carry on clapping and shouting after the finale in a show, the curtain comes back up and then down again, too much of this action could cause the 'leg' to break.
The expression "break a leg" means to do well at a show. The curtain itself is big so it is supported by different mechanics. These mechanics rest on "legs". At the end of a show, the actor comes out for an ovation (hopefully). The curtain opens and closes every time there's an ovation. So, saying break a leg means to have the audience keep clapping for ovations so much that the curtains legs will break.
Two other possibilities; The word 'break' has many meanings - the OED lists 57 distinct uses of it as a verb alone. That gives considerable scope for speculation over what is meant by the phrase. The most common interpretation of 'break' in this context is, 'to deviate from a straight line', as in the cricketing term, 'off break'. That is, unstraighten the leg by bending at the knee, by bowing or curtseying.
Or perhaps it comes from a German saying, 'Hals und Beinbruch', meaning 'break your neck and leg', which dates back to at least WWII, as Luftwaffe slang, and is therefore earlier than any known English version. It may be that this is a corruption of the Hebrew blessing, 'hatzlakha u-brakha', meaning 'success and blessing'.
You thinking of break a leg?
nobody is saying that
someone means to do a really good jobGood luck
you fall down or purposly collapse on someone that is next to you. but make sure to break some of their bones and their skull before saying "OUCH"
a jazz performance in the theater...break a leg!
saying she wants a day off, means she time alone saying she wants a break, means its break up
because they are poorly designed
It depends if his already been divorce from his ex wife. But not before he have a written divorce papers saying he is finally divorce.
by saying his name.
either saying it nicely or just don't come and break their heart which is not nice
probably because she needs a break give her some time apart. i am not saying to break up just a break.... and before you know it she will be better!!! she's hella pissed at you because you're not doing something right. knowing chicks, they won't tell you what's up with them
Justin Bieber did not break his ankle. He broke his foot onstage during a performance of "One Time".
i think its called a break. :]
It simply originates from the two words break and fast. To break, was to end, the fast, the period of not eating overnight.
Sorry but that is a girls' way of saying that she does want to break up...she just wants to cushion the blow a little bit before ending it totally.
can you break up a will before reaching the date of birth stated on it?
4 hours before a 20 minute break
No, it means exactly what it seems to mean. It's an old saying. The actual saying is "Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never harm you."
There was an old saying: "you break the rules, you go to jail. you break the jail's rules, you go to Alcatraz."
it originated from when people used to say leg instead of curtain,so it was meant to be break the curtain with a good performance.
Lol you sort of screwed up You should let her know you said that under pressure and just break up, you should never be pressured into saying something you don't want to be pressured into