Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term break a leg.

On break a leg’s official page, we define the term as “theatre slang for good luck” since actually saying “good luck” is considered unlucky. But now we want to know what the term break a leg means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Has anyone ever wished you “good luck” before a performance? Did anything bad happen during the show and if so, what?

— Break a leg isn’t the only way to wish someone a good show. Has anyone ever told you “merde” or another foreign curse?

— I once saw a performer actually break her leg onstage in a student production of Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle. Have you ever seen a performer get injured during a show? What exactly happened?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term break a leg, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor