WONDER #2162: Why Do People Tell Performers To “Break a Leg” Before a Performance?

Question 1 of 3

Which common phrase is often said to actors before they go on stage, especially on opening night?

  1. good luck
  2. fare thee well
  3. break a leg
  4. twirl a pig

Question 2 of 3

The most likely origin of the phrase “break a leg” is the superstitious belief that one should not tell an actor what before a performance?

  1. good luck
  2. fare thee well
  3. get well soon
  4. happy birthday

Question 3 of 3

One popular theory holds that “break a leg” got its start in the aftermath of the assassination of which leader?

  1. Franz Ferdinand
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Adolf Hitler
  4. George Washington

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