: Popular Rhymes And Nursery Tales

There is a superstition, says Forby, ii. 411, respecting cutting the

nails, and some days are considered more lucky for this operation than

others. To cut them on a Tuesday is thought particularly auspicious.

Indeed if we are to believe an old rhyming saw on this subject, every

day of the week is endowed with its several and peculiar virtue, if the

nails are invariably cut on that day and no other. The lines are as


Cut them on Monday, you cut them for health;

Cut them on Tuesday, you cut them for wealth;

Cut them on Wednesday, you cut them for news;

Cut them on Thursday, a new pair of shoes;

Cut them on Friday, you cut them for sorrow;

Cut them on Saturday, see your true love to-morrow;

Cut them on Sunday, the devil will be with you all the week.

The following divination-rhymes refer to the gifts, or white spots on

the nails, beginning with the thumb, and going on regularly to the

little finger. The last gift will show the destiny of the operator pro


A gift--a friend--a foe--

A journey--to go.