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  • noun Plural form of rabbit.


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  • There's a family tradition that if, on the first of the month, the first word out of your mouth is rabbits, you'll have good luck that month. Around my house, every time a new month begins, you'll see my family stumbling out of bed and greeting each other with a mumbled "Rabbits?".

    September 1, 2008

  • I want to see your family stumbling around mumbling "rabbits?" at each other. Can you make a digital video for me?

    September 1, 2008

  • Rabbits are the mortal enemies of bilbies. Rabbits bring bad luck.

    September 1, 2008

  • D'aw. Haha, how on earth did that get started? ..I think I'm going to have to tell the friend I address almost exclusively as Rabbits (named Robert) about this.

    Bilby—how are you faring against the distractive powers of all their twitchy little noses?

    September 1, 2008

  • Oh, I can out-twitch any old wascally wabbit at twenty paces.

    September 1, 2008

  • In Australia, yes, rabbits do bring bad luck (and myxomatosis--at least to the rabbits). :( But I suspect ptero's family doesn't live there, in which case those twitchy noses might actually be beneficial in some way...?

    I would feel weirder mumbling "bilbies?" at my family members than mumbling "rabbits," but now that the possibility's been raised... Hmm...

    She, I wonder if it got started in the same way that the rabbit's-foot-as-talisman did. And perhaps rabbits are considered good luck because they were an important protein source for people who lived (or poached, whatever it may have been called in their respective cultures) off the land.

    September 1, 2008

  • Ooh: ha! I completely misread this as being unique to pterodactyl's family! (Here I was, imagining someone sitting Great Uncle Ptero down in his childhood: "Alright. Here's what we're gonna do—")

    September 1, 2008

  • Nahhhh, let's keep theorizing. :) I like the idea of great-uncle Ptero.

    September 2, 2008

  • No, it sure isn't unique to our family. I've met quite a few people who do the same thing. There's even some folkloric variation: some people say rabbits, some people say rabbit rabbit.

    In fact, I bet Google will back me up on this one...

    *runs off to check*

    September 2, 2008

  • Well, lookie here -- it has its own Wikipedia page.

    *grins smugly*

    September 2, 2008