By Ihatemyfamily - 05/09/2016 21:46 - United States - Euless
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Why say break a leg in sports? It's a term used for artistic/musical performances as it refers to taking a bow.
While yes, it does mean taking a bow, there is another meaning. Also originating in theater, actors being superstitious and all thought that by inviting bad luck they would have good luck. Though it doesn't necessarily have to be used for theater. In this case though I think OP was using it more sarcastically than anything. Or just wanting his brother to have good luck.
The term goes back to the days of Vaudeville where time was valuable and not everyone could go on stage. At some shows, acts would line up at the side of the stage (called a leg). If they made it past a certain point it was guaranteed that their act would go on stage. This was called 'breaking a leg'. The term "break a leg" came to mean "I hope you make it on stage" and in time "Good luck". It was seen as bad form to say anything other than "break a leg"/"I hope you make it on stage". So, in this case, "break a leg" could mean "I hope you make it off the bench".
Why do you and your brother attend different schools? You're obviously within the same age range if you're rivaling one another, so... What gives?
Maybe each school caters to different interests? Like one might have a really good math program and the other might have an amazing marching band. Just a few examples. Kids are all unique and schools should ideally be chosen because it is what is best for each individual child rather than convenience for the parents or just a matter of "siblings should go to the same school." I'm just guessing of course.
In my county, we have these programs called Specialty Centers that you apply for your 8th grade year. Each Speciality Center has a different focus and only accepts about 100 students per class. For example, one could be for Health Science (My rival), Mathematics & Science (My school), Technology (Another rival), Performing arts, etc.
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'Break a leg' is for stage productions, when you want to wish your loved one a standing ovation that they will receive taking a bow or curtesy, not for a contact sport where a leg injury is a real threat. YDI.