7th October 2012

“Once bitten, twice shy.”

English idiom

This phrase isn’t technically a quote but has always intrigued me. Although I’ve heard it said and generally knew what it meant I always felt a bit unsure of using the phrase. I was doing some research for a bit of French homework and I came across the equivalent: “chat échaudé craint l’eau froide.” It is with this that I gained some clarity into the phrase. It literally translates as ‘a scalded cat fears cold water’. Have you ever felt so hurt or afraid by something that you fear that the solution will just be more painful? Then I guess there are things you can’t bear to do again because of the amount of  upset it may bring you: once bitten, twice shy.

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