Fractured Cliché: Curiosity hurt the cat
Correct Cliché: Curiosity killed the cat
This is one of those fractured clichés that makes sense to me.
A cat supposedly has nine lives. If a cat who’s on its first life is killed, it goes onto its second life. If curiosity is the killer but the victim lives, it seems it wasn’t a killer at all. Hence, it makes more sense to say curiosity hurt the cat.
And why a cat? Other animals are curious, too. Why didn’t whoever coined this term use another animal? It would be less confusing.
My own curiosity leads me to wonder why curiosity would hurt or kill at all. Being curious is good thing unless you walk into a barn with 12 hungry coyotes. We wouldn’t have the innovations we have today if someone wasn’t curious and willing to follow through.
So let’s change the cliché to something that makes sense.
New Proposed Cliché: The killer killed the cow (Vegetarians take note.)
I’m sure I wouldn’t mess this one up.
May the farce be with you!