February 2nd, 2012

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Question: "Superstition" connotations

So, people. Does the word "superstition" carry a negative feeling? I was taking pictures of the students in my class and mentioned that I was a bit worried about doing so with the Haitian students because I know it is one of the countries where some individuals believe that a photograph will steal their identity/soul. Which was not something I really wanted to subject my students too. When discussing it with another teacher, I found that as I went over my word choice it sounded like I was belittling or dismissing that belief, which was not my intent. And a lot of it seemed to focus on the word "superstition", although some of it was definitely on my tone when using it.

So, um, yeah. Does anyone have thoughts on the word and whether it's good, bad or neutral?