As cliches go, "keeping my fingers crossed" has to be right at the top of the list. Almost all of us use it daily in our life. When we want something to happen, we are bound to say, I am keeping my fingers crossed. An addition to this, these days, is to add, cross your toes as well!
It is also believed that lying while keeping your fingers crossed is not a bad thing, i.e. such a lie is a white lie (one which will not harm anyone; on the contrary, it might benefit somebody). An instance of this was shown in the movie Kal Ho Naa Ho when Shah Rukh Khan crosses his fingers when he is lying in front of Preity Zinta or his doctor Sonali Bendre.
The origin of the phrase can be traced back to Christianity which believes that crossing your fingers will bring you good luck. The fingers in a cross like shape are believed to ward off evil.
However, some people believe that this is nothing but superstition. How can one explain that you would get what you want simply by crossing your fingers? Wouldn’t everybody then just sit and do nothing except cross their fingers?
The on-going struggle between the believers and the non-believers will continue for time immemorial. Believers argue that when one has done all the work and is awaiting the outcome, why would a little crossing of the fingers be bad?
In these days of Internet and online chatting, the phrase has been reduced to a four-letter acronym – KMFC :-)
I, personally, often indulge in the same. It doesn’t hurt to do the same, does it?