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- interj. Touch wood; knock on wood; an injunction to fate that nothing will go wrong.
For a long time I thought that what she was muttering was in Hebrew, until I knew enough German to recognize the word unberufen, which literally means “not summoned up.”
I wonder if she would still be saying unberufen if she were alive today.
In the meanwhile I thank God that you are _unberufen_ all well, and, in sorrow or in joy,
I wish you could see Pussy now; she is (_unberufen_) the picture of health, and has just cut her first eye-tooth, without the slightest suffering.
We are all very well (_unberufen_) and move, _to our horror_, to town on Friday.
He allowed Anthony's muttered "_A qui le dites-vous_?" to pass unnoticed, and, making his voice grave, continued, "But for those of us who don't happen to be named Tony -- _unberufen_!