curiosity killed the cat

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curiosity killed the cat

Post by Archived Topic » Wed Oct 13, 2004 12:29 am

where did the phrase: "curiosity killed the cat" originate from???
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 12:44 am

Becky,

Many proverbs are very old and they often appear in early compilations such as that of John Heywood (1546), John Ray (1670), etc. However, this isn’t one of them. This seemingly ancient adage is a proverb of surprisingly recent vintage which first appeared in 1909 in O. Henry’s story ‘Schools and Schools’–“Curiosity can do more than kill a cat.” Its present wording did not appear in print until 1922 in Eugene O’neill’s “Diff’rent”—“Curiosity killed a cat!” A genuinely old proverb dating from Shakespeare’s time, similar in wording but different in meaning to this one, and still to be heard occasionally, is ‘care killed the cat,’ with ‘care’ here meaning worry.

For the uninitiated, of which there probably aren’t too many, the expression means “it’s best to mind your own business,” “an overly inquisitive person is likely to get hurt,” “inquisitiveness—or a desire to find out about something—can lead you into trouble.” Other forms of this proverb are: “Curiosity has killed more than cats”; “Curiosity has never killed a cat in spite of all they say”; “Curiosity killed the cat: satisfaction brought her back.”

(Random House Dictionary of America’s Popular Proverbs and Sayings)
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 12:58 am

i have heard it said, " Curiosity killed the cat, information made him fat, satisfaction squashed him flat"
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:13 am

yea man thats fuckin sick.
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:27 am

about as sick as your head not very sick at all
how about no ya crazy dutch bastsard- dr evil
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:41 am

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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:56 am

very interesting, i will remeber this forever or a party joke when im drunk or on heavy drugs -NOT!

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