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Why do we get seven years bad luck for breaking a mirror?


Why is it unlucky to break a mirror? Why do we get seven years of bad luck?
Eddie, Enfield


** Definitive **
Name: Marco, Epsom
Qualification: Years and years of knowing the answer!
Answer: If a servant would break a mirror, it would be approximately seven years’ worth of wages to pay it back, as they were very expensive at the time.

** Extra Definitive **
Name: Diana, East Finchley
Qualification: I’m a primary school teacher
Answer: In Roman times, if the servant broke a mirror, they had to make a new one and the way they did that was by polishing stone until it reflected. That would take a long time, presumably seven years.