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20th May '16 3:13:58 AM erforce
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': While it's not universally considered bad luck to do it, you'd better not speak [[spoiler:Yawgmoth]]'s true name when you have so many euphemisms. [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} It would]] be bad. Some fans, particularly [[RootingForTheEmpire Phyrexian symphathisers]], have taken up this custom.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': While it's not universally considered bad luck to do it, you'd better not speak [[spoiler:Yawgmoth]]'s true name when you have so many euphemisms. [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} It would]] be bad. Some fans, particularly [[RootingForTheEmpire Phyrexian symphathisers]], have taken up this custom.
17th May '16 8:14:31 AM yisfidri
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* ''Light Thickens'', by Creator/NgaioMarsh, is about a production of [[Theatre/MacBeth The Scottish Play]]. Some actors are skeptical, some superstitious, all notice some strange events occurring during rehearsal. And then once it's in production, that isn't a prop head coming out impaled on the claymore ....

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* ''Light Thickens'', ''Literature/LightThickens'', by Creator/NgaioMarsh, is about a production of [[Theatre/MacBeth The Scottish Play]]. Some actors are skeptical, some superstitious, all notice some strange events occurring during rehearsal. And then once it's in production, that isn't a prop head coming out impaled on the claymore ....
12th May '16 7:52:42 PM SirTiki
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** In the 2016 campaign, Jeb Bush has begun to avert this a bit by praising the former president's accomplishments, likely at least in part because it would be impossible to avoid mentioning his own brother. Notably, though, his campaign slogans are all along the lines of "Vote for ''Jeb''!" rather than the more obvious "Vote for ''Bush''!"

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** In the 2016 campaign, Jeb Bush has begun to avert averted this a bit by praising the former president's The Former Republican President's accomplishments, likely at least in part because it would be impossible to avoid mentioning his own brother. Notably, though, his campaign slogans are were all along the lines of "Vote for ''Jeb''!" rather than the more obvious "Vote for ''Bush''!"
10th May '16 12:22:32 AM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', mice are afraid to say "cats" out loud, lest the cats actually come to get them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', mice are afraid to say "cats" out loud, [[SpeakOfTheDevil lest the cats actually come to get them.them]].
18th Apr '16 2:51:38 AM ManEFaces
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* In extended edition of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' at the council of Elrond, Gandalf recites the words written on the one ring using the black speech itself. This is after he adamantly refused to utter them to Frodo in his own home. Speaking the words causes the sky to visibly darken and the earth to shake along with violent thunderclaps. Elrond admonishes him that the black speech has never ever been spoken in Rivendell before.
11th Apr '16 7:04:21 PM WillKeaton
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** Hastur works on similar principles, except instead of wishes, you get death. As something of a joke, dying player characters will [[TalkingIsAFreeAction state as their dying words, "Hastur Hastur]] [[TotalPartyKill Hastur]]". Invoked in The Literature/BinderOfShame, where El Disgusto's character is about to be killed by another PC for thieving, so he screams "You'll pay for this! You'll all pay for this! Hastur! Hastur! Hastur! Hastur! Hastur!" Also mentioned in [[http://www.wfrp.de/hosted/flw/en/index.html The Canonical List of Famous Last Words]]: "[[WhatAnIdiot What a useless scroll. It just says 'Hastur Hastur Hastur' over and over ...]]"
** Demogorgon works on the same principle as Hastur. Put together, they're a pretty good way to [[http://community.livejournal.com/gamehorrorstory/503.html get out of a boring session]]...

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** Hastur works on similar principles, except instead of wishes, you get death. As something of a joke, dying player characters will [[TalkingIsAFreeAction state as their dying words, "Hastur Hastur]] [[TotalPartyKill Hastur]]". Invoked in The Literature/BinderOfShame, where El Disgusto's character is about to be killed by another PC for thieving, so he screams "You'll pay for this! You'll all pay for this! Hastur! Hastur! Hastur! Hastur! Hastur!" Also mentioned in [[http://www.wfrp.de/hosted/flw/en/index.html The Canonical List of Famous Last Words]]: Words:]] "[[WhatAnIdiot What a useless scroll. It just says 'Hastur Hastur Hastur' over and over ...]]"
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** Demogorgon works on the same principle as Hastur. Put together, they're a pretty good way to [[http://community.livejournal.com/gamehorrorstory/503.html get out of a boring session]]...session...]]
11th Apr '16 7:03:41 PM WillKeaton
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** For various forms of football, saying that the player hasn't missed a kick. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_vbCFIWaA8 Example]].

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** For various forms of football, saying that the player hasn't missed a kick. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_vbCFIWaA8 Example]].Example.]]
11th Apr '16 7:03:06 PM WillKeaton
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** In Richard Nathan's parody [[http://www.shakespeare-parodies.com/macbeth.html "Scots on the Rock"]], this is actually the reason so many characters die-- they pick the wrong moment to say "Macbeth", and immediately suffer fatally bad luck.

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** In Richard Nathan's parody [[http://www.shakespeare-parodies.com/macbeth.html "Scots on the Rock"]], Rock,"]] this is actually the reason so many characters die-- they pick the wrong moment to say "Macbeth", and immediately suffer fatally bad luck.
11th Apr '16 7:02:42 PM WillKeaton
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* The [[TropeNamer trope non-namer]] for this one is a certain play by Creator/WilliamShakespeare about regicide and Scottish royal succession, which is kinda probably cursed such that even mentioning its name in a theater, or quoting dialogue from it if not actually rehearsing or performing it, can bring ruin, let alone trying to actually stage it. A number of historically documented productions of [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]] have been notoriously unlucky. There are legitimate reasons [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]] has more than its fair share of accidents -- much of the play's action taking place at night and outdoors, which increases the chance of somebody tripping over something; there's more sword fighting than the average, which always brings the chance of an accident; and most importantly it's a very cheap play to run (a guaranteed crowd pleaser with no performance rights to buy, does not require too many actors, and needs few props and little scenery) and is therefore often put on when the theater group is in hard times, which is also the time when people are more likely to skip the usual safety measures (the tendency to put on [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]] when facing bankruptcy means that it usually ends up being the ''last'' play that a company puts on, further cementing the play's cursed status as a company ender). Still, [[http://whatstheharm.net/ it doesn't hurt to be superstitious]].

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* The [[TropeNamer trope non-namer]] for this one is a certain play by Creator/WilliamShakespeare about regicide and Scottish royal succession, which is kinda probably cursed such that even mentioning its name in a theater, or quoting dialogue from it if not actually rehearsing or performing it, can bring ruin, let alone trying to actually stage it. A number of historically documented productions of [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]] have been notoriously unlucky. There are legitimate reasons [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]] has more than its fair share of accidents -- much of the play's action taking place at night and outdoors, which increases the chance of somebody tripping over something; there's more sword fighting than the average, which always brings the chance of an accident; and most importantly it's a very cheap play to run (a guaranteed crowd pleaser with no performance rights to buy, does not require too many actors, and needs few props and little scenery) and is therefore often put on when the theater group is in hard times, which is also the time when people are more likely to skip the usual safety measures (the tendency to put on [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]] when facing bankruptcy means that it usually ends up being the ''last'' play that a company puts on, further cementing the play's cursed status as a company ender). Still, [[http://whatstheharm.net/ it doesn't hurt to be superstitious]].superstitious.]]
23rd Mar '16 10:47:59 PM zoop
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* According to some interpretations of Judaism, the name of God is sacred and anything with the name "God" on it must be treated respectfully and disposed of in a particular ceremony. To this end, some believers will be careful to always spell it "G-d" when writing casually, so whatever they're writing on can simply be thrown away normally.
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