• Can you really ‘jinx’ something good by talking about it before it happens?

    Earlier in the day, I saw a post by former presidential aide Reno Omokri advising women against showing off their baby bumps or having baby showers.  According to him,  when women “flaunt” their baby bumps, they attract negative human spirits. While I deliberately ignore Reno’s blatant misogyny and often shared borderline delusional conspiracy theories, for the sake of this conversation, I want to explore this common sentiment I have heard from when I was a child. This idea that if something good is about to happen, like maybe a job, a new baby, a contract or even a new relationship, you’ll somehow ‘jinx’ it if you share the news before it actually…