Mr. McPie

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More than once I've seen people greeting a bird and calling it Mr. McPie. Is this something customary in the UK? I find it odd.
  • Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    Nor did I! That explains a lot.

    As far as the English tradition goes: It's for good luck, or to ward off bad luck. Some people say you should also hail it thus: "Morning Mr Magpie, how's your wife and kids?" and turn around on the spot.
    It can't be much of a tradition because calling children 'kids' is relatively recent.
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