I received an email today from a woman who believes that her family was cursed to have an "interesting life". I emailed her back letting her know this was a form of what is called "The Chinese Curse". The Chinese Curse is composed of three spoken curses. The phrasing of each individual curse may vary from person to person.
1.) May You Live In Interesting Times.
2.) May You Come To The Attention Of The Authorities.
3.) May All Of Your Wishes Be Granted.
Each spoken sentence doesn't seem that bad at first. Only upon pondering the implications is the deeper meaning understood. All three spoken sentences imply bad luck, misfortune, and destruction. For example if you had all of your wishes granted not only would you cause much destruction to the people around you but you would also destroy yourself. How many of us have blurted out, "I wish I was dead", at some point in our lives?
The good news is that there is no evidence these three spoken curse are traditional Chinese curses. In fact, I've heard these be attributed to the Irish before. The bad news is that it is a form of ill-wishing. If you have been "cursed" in this manner you can do uncrossing work to be rid of it.
Finally, the phrasing of these curses is very similar to the curses of other cultures. For example, there's a Jewish curse that goes:
"May you never be forced to visit someplace disgusting".
This curse is a reference to visiting the bathroom and urinating and defecating and hence it is a form of ill-wishing so that a person's bladder or bowels are stopped up.