The Everyday Lore Project

2 January 2021 – Crooked Pin

2 January 2021 – Crooked Pin

For Saxons, today, not Childermass, was deemed the most unlucky moment of the year. And just when I thought I was all out of good luck charms, I stuck a crooked pin in my cardigan. Technically, my crooked pin should have gone in my coat, and technically the game of cards I was playing probably should have had four suits and not six categories. But that’s just being picky. For it’s said that if you want to win at cards, you should stick a crooked pin in your coat. 

We came second. Out of three teams. But we didn’t come last. So I’m calling that folklore for the win.

As well as a lack of luck, it’s also said that the weather today predicts not just February’s climate (second day, second month) but for some strange reason, also September’s. So perishing drizzle finishes off the summer then. And I had such high hopes for 2021.

More beanage!

Time left on The Everyday Lore Project


Cooper, Q. and Sullivan, P. (1994) Maypoles, Martyrs & Mayhem: 366 Days of British Myths, Customs & Eccentricities, London, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Wilde, Lady (1991) Irish Cures, Mystic Charms & Superstitions, New York, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

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