1: the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities
2: a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person
Maybe it's that I didn't grow up in this country, maybe i'm taking the word "luck" too literally, but this has me really confused every time i see it.
Why do people say "Good Luck" so much.... especially to athletes about to race.
Typically someone embarking on a race, for example today's Boston Marathon, has done hundreds of hours of training, months and months of preparation for that one day. So all in all, the last thing this person is looking for, is "luck". If they're relying on "luck" to get them to the finish line in the time (or place) they're hoping, then they have no business being on that starting line. So why do we wish them "good luck?
"Good luck!" to me, sounds like:
"Good luck, for the crazy goal you've set for yourself and that minimal preparation you've done, luck is all that you can hope for." Just sounds like there's no faith in that person's ability to accomplish their goal.
If someone's going to play the lottery, play some game at the carnival where chance is involved, then by all means, wish them all the luck in the world, because they're going to need it.
But to wish "luck" upon someone that's ready to undertake a personal sporting challenge, that I don't understand.