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Tuesday 2 August 2011

Thing To Do Today: wish.

What would you wish for?

World peace? A handsome prince? A million pounds? A doughnut?

Whatever it is, you can try to get it by wishing on a star (shooting or otherwise), or a wishbone, or while blowing out the candles on your birthday cake.

If you're prepared to make an investment, then chucking a coin into a wishing well might be worth a try, too.

Otherwise, your best bet might be a freeing a genie from a bottle.

But in that case, be very careful what you wish for...  

Three men on a desert island find a bottle. They take out the cork and a genie appears.
'Okay,' he says, 'Thanks a lot, and I'm prepared to offer the going rate of three wishes. That's between you.'
'Well, I wish I was home,' says the first man, and vanishes.
'I wish I was in Paris,' says the second: and instantly he's gone.
And then the third one looks round at the empty island and says:
'Gosh, I wish my friends were back!'

Thing To Do Today: wish. The Old English form of this word is wȳscan. It's related to the Norse öskja and the Dutch wenschen.

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