Category Archives: Bless my lucky stars

finger to the nose

finger to the nose


Finger on the nose, what does it mean?

Shush, I’ve got a secret. This is slightly different from a finger on the two lips meaning Shush, be quiet. The difference is in the nose which knows something is up.

Paul Newman used it in the 1973 movie “The Sting” to signal Robert Redford that the con was on.

In the pantomime game of Charades, if you put the point of your index finger on the point of your nose it means you are spot on.

Now, if one puts both the thumb and finger to the nose that means someone cut the cheese.

In France, they have a phrase “doigt dans le nez” that means something is trivially easy, literally, as easy as sticking one’s finger in one’s nose, if one is so inclined. The very proper British are inclined to say, with my eyes closed, instead, and leave their fingers in their pockets.

This reminds me of when I was a child and my grandfather would grab my nose with his index and middle fingers and make pulling motion, twisting his fist with a flourish and then sticking his thumb out between the two fingers saying,

“Ha, I’ve got your nose.”

Oh la la!


bénisse mes étoiles

Que le Dieu tout-puissant te bénisse.Genèse 28:3.

Bénisse mes étoiles.

Bless my stars, Oh my stars, and Oh, my lucky stars.

These phrases were popular sayings in Elizabethan England and before. But the idea has been around since God created the earth and populated the heavens with stars. Even neolithic man made reference to celestial cycles in his paintings on cave walls.

Astrology studies the alignment of planets and stars, based upon the belief that the stars and plants influence human lives and can predict the future.

Bless my lucky stars
Bless my lucky stars

By the 1800’s Samuel Coleridge, in a series of lectures on William Shakespeare, said, “Blessed my stars that I could comprehend what he wrote.”

Coleridge could have been thinking of the words of the bard himself:

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)