what does seeing 4 mag pies mean?

i know that there is a ryme for this and its says that 4 fo a boy what doesn this mean?

5 Answers

  • King
    1 month ago

    In the British Isles a widespread (mainly found in England and Scotland and less common in Wales and Northern Ireland) traditional rhyme records the myth (it is not clear whether it has been seriously believed) that seeing magpies predicts the future, depending on how many are seen. There are many regional variations on the rhyme, which means that it is impossible to give a definitive version.

    The rhyme runs:

    One for anger

    Two for mirth

    Three for a wedding

    Four for a birth

    Five for rich

    Six for poor

    Seven for a witch

    I can tell you no more.

    Alternate versions of this counting rhyme include:

    One for sorrow,

    Two for joy,

    Three for a girl,

    Four for a boy,

    Five for silver,

    Six for gold,

    Seven for a secret never to be told.


    One for sorrow

    Two for mirth

    Three for a funeral

    Four for a birth

    Five for heaven

    Six for hell

    Seven’s the Devil his own sel’

    Sometimes (but rarely), three extra lines are added:

    Eight for a wish

    Nine for a kiss

    Ten for a bird that you won’t want to miss.

    A related superstition is that one should make sure to greet magpies – perhaps saying “Hello, Mr Magpie” – when encountering lone birds; this possibly stems from the unlucky connotations attributed by the rhymes to seeing merely one magpie. To cancel out this bad luck, and with relation to the second line of the verse accounting for joy or mirth, lone magpies are often greeted “Hello Mr Magpie, how is your wife/where is your wife?” Another superstition relating to magpies’ supposed bad luck is that upon seeing a lone magpie one should repeat the words “I defy thee” seven times. Another superstition is that on seeing a lone magpie one should pinch the person they are walking with, if they are alone they are to pinch themselves. Another is that if a lone Magpie is seen, one should salute it to show you respect it. This formality can be forgone if the Magpie looks directly in your eyes, which shows it respects you.

    But as the first answer indicated, superstitions are silly wive’s tales.


  • nastasi
    4 days ago

    4 Magpies

  • Kate H
    1 month ago

    King did a good job of listing the magpie rhyme.

    “4 for boy” usually means that if you are pregnant you will have a boy. However, it could also mean that a boy is going to come soon.

  • snowy
    1 month ago

    1 for sorrow

    2 for joy

    3 for a girl

    4 for a boy

    5 for silver

    6 for gold

    7 for a secret never to be told.

    It’s just a rhyme. It doesn’t mean anything.

  • hello
    1 month ago

    that you saw 4 birds. omens are ridiculous.

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