Chloe Rhodes

Chloe Rhodes is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Independent on Sunday, as well as in several other national publications. Her previous books include A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched From Other Languages and One For Sorrow: A Book of Old-Fashioned Lore, both published by Michael O'Mara Books.

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In traditional fishing communities, it is unlucky to kill a seagull because they are believed to embody the souls of drowned fishermen
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Curses, like chickens, come home to roost
This medieval version of our modern saying ‘what goes around comes around’ has its origins in fourteenth-century notions of morality. Chaucer gave expression to the idea at the end of the fourteenth century in ‘The Parson’s Tale’, with the line:
And ofte tyme swiche cursynge wrongfully retorneth agayn to hym that curseth, as a bryd that retorneth agayn to his owene nest.

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