Do you think that words you use have some sort of magical power?
Have you noticed how many people begin their statements with the expression, “I don’t want to jinx this, but…”
“I don’t want to jinx it but cross your fingers; that vacation rental might become available.”
‘I don’t want to jinx it, but your dog has a good chance to win “Best of Show” this year.
“I don’t want to jinx it, but the Yankees look like they might win the World Series.”
Do people really think that words have the power to change anything?
Do they think if they comment on an event their words can change the outlook?
Do they think that their words can stop the track of events?
If you were to ask them whether they are superstitious they would probably say “No; certainly not. I have never been superstitious!” Most people don’t think of themselves as being influenced by the occult. And if they do they don’t want to admit it.They prefer to think of themselves as intellectually, not superstitiously directed.
They wouldn’t want to accept the premise that words they speak have the possibility of changing the course of history.
So if they’re not superstitious why are they uncomfortable about making a statement without apologizing in the first place? Why do they feel it necessary to first add “I don’t want to jinx it but…”?
Of course I don’t think any of you believe in that stuff. Not you! But just in case, because there are no guarantees, what subjects do you introduce by starting with:
“I don’t want to jinx this, but…”