Threshold (door)

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A worn-out wooden threshold

A threshold is the sill of a door. Some cultures attach special symbolism to a threshold. It is called a door saddle in British English.

Etymology[edit]

A strip of wood or stone forming the bottom of a doorway to hold in the thresh.The straw remains of threshing often used as a floor covering.(In a Germanic sense to trample). This meaning seems to be lost in antiquity.

Cultural symbolism[edit]

In many cultures it has a special symbolism: for instance, in Poland and Russia it is considered bad luck to shake hands or kiss across the threshold when meeting somebody.[1][2] In many countries it is considered good luck for a bridegroom to carry the bride over the threshold to their new home.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Polish Superstitions". Polish Language.org. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Russian Superstition". Russian language for lovers. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Carrying the Bride: Exactly Why?". How Stuff Works. Retrieved May 13, 2012.