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Origin of Common Superstitions Getting Out of Bed on the Right Side

About the origins of the superstition getting out of bed on the right side tied to the ancient Romans.

GETTING OUT OF BED ON THE "RIGHT" SIDE

To arise from the left side of the bed will put you in a sour mood and will subject your entire day to misfortune. Get up from the right and step 1st on your right foot. If you err, walk backwards until you have returned to bed and can begin again.

Origin. The Romans thought the left side to be the "evil one." A citizen entered a friend's home with his right foot forward. Some wealthy families even hired a "footman" to insure proper entry of all guests. The English word sinister (meaning wicked or evil) is derived from the Latin word meaning "left side."

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