To be born with a shirt. Hello everyone! When a woman is pregnant, the baby is being in the bubble, inside the woman. Sometimes during the process of birth, when the baby is coming out, some parts of the bubble might leave on the body of the baby. There is a myth in Russia, when a baby was born this way, with some parts of the bubble on the body, he/she is going to be happy and lucky. In the Russian language we'd say: "The baby was born with a shirt". I'd like to ask you all, does it make any sense for you? What the expression you use if it does? I hope my explanation is OK :)
Dec 4, 2017 11:29 PM
Answers · 4
Honestly, I've never heard the superstition that you said about old people, but it sounds pretty interesting :)
December 5, 2017
It's called "a caul" in English. I, in fact, was born with a caul myself, according to my mother. Apparently, there was once a superstition that it was good luck to be born with a caul. Furthermore, there was a superstition among sailors that anyone who possessed the caul from a baby could not drown. in the opening passage of a famous novel by Charles Dickens, "David Copperfield," the narrator says: "I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas," hoping that a sailor would buy it! The correct name for what you call "the bubble" is "the amnion" or "the amniotic sac." When it breaks during childbirth, in English it is said that "her waters broke." (For some reason, "waters" is plural.)
December 5, 2017
*...the baby is inside the mother's womb *Sometimes during the process of giving birth... *...part of the womb may stay on the baby... What a strange and interesting expression! My Russian students often tell me about common superstitions that continue to exist even today. There was one about not telling an old person the time when they ask you for it...apparently it's because they are trying to steal your youth! We don't have this expression in English, at least not that I'm aware of. We sometimes say someone was 'born with a silver spoon in their mouth' if they have rich parents who buy them everything they want. We also have many superstitions of our own, though I don't know of any related to childbirth. At least, none that are really interesting.
December 4, 2017
Ive never heard of any such thing in English.
December 4, 2017
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