reasoning, experimental evidence -- these are the preeminent forces that
rule my thought-life (see dyskeptia).
Magical powers need not apply.
An object marked with magical signs and believed to confer
on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
Anything having apparently magical power.
Here's a guy...
All of that started in the late 30's. I found a four-leaf
clover once and showed it to Billy Sharp, whose eyes bulged in wonderment.
Then I ate it.
who heedlessly spills salt and breaks mirrors,
who cheerfully strolls under ladders and steps on cracks,
who, with no dread whatsoever, squints at the evil eye.
Within a week, the shocking news had reached
all corners of the neighborhood. My mother was chagrined. Almost
as much as when I went around disabusing my schoolmates of Easter Lore
and Yuletide Myths.
Kindergarten was a busy year for the Iconoclast of Compton.