A lovely bit of English folklore – I know what I’ll be saying on the first of June! The exact origin of the superstition is unknown, though it was recorded as being said by children in 1909:

“My two daughters are in the habit of saying ‘Rabbits!’ on the first day of each month. The word must be spoken aloud, and be the first word said in the month. It brings luck for that month. Other children, I find, use the same formula.”

“When I was a very little boy I was advised to always murmur ‘White rabbits’ on the first of every month if I wanted to be lucky. From sheer force of unreasoning habit I do it still—when I think of it. I know it to be preposterously ludicrous, but that does not deter me.”
-Sir Herbert Russell, 1925-
Wikipedia

Illustration: Arthur Rackham

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