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As for my ears, charm sounds as being a French word, mascot – as, maybe, African or American Indian.
Anyway, though it’s funny and stupid, there are some superstitions (and rules) that I never break. And my children do either.
For example, to be lucky when taking exams (just today my son is taking his GSCE, Science separate, exam), you should put a five-kopeck coin in your left shoe just under your heel. This is a very old student’s superstition… and quite reliable Sure, it works
Also, in some (many?) cultures there is a general rule (in variations) that I would express as ‘to be lucky, don’t scare your luck off’.
For example, in my culture it’s definitely for bad luck to talk about some good results (of a critical activity or action) in advance.
One interesting saying (in East Slavonic culture) is when someone is going to make risky thing (exams ) to wish: Nor a fuzz, nor a feather! (sorry for my poor direct translation, but I don’t know an analogue. Maybe, Pamela knows.)
And the right response for it is To devil!
As I know, it came from a hunter context. And it means exactly the same as ‘good luck!’ (So, the same thing here: direct wishing of bad luck, together with your right response, must reverse and bring you a good luck).