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the story of an invisible girl
Train Talk
I was sitting on the train yesterday, listening to a conversation going on behind me. I couldn't see the participants, but they sounded like adults, maybe young ones. I didn't notice what the two women had been discussing before this.

"...and you know what they say about curiosity, don't you?"

"Actually, I don't."

"Killed the cat."

"What? You killed a cat??"

"No, curiosity killed the cat. You haven't heard that? Curious, killed the cat. "

"Who's curious?"

"You were talking about curiosity, and I said it killed the cat."

"WHAT cat?"

"It's an expression. Curiosity killed the cat, generosity brought him back."

"Oh. Ohh you didn't say that part about generosity. I would have got it if you'd said the part about generous." They started giggling.

"You've never heard that?"

"I was all, who is Curious, and why would he DO that?"


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xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: July 2nd, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: July 2nd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course, AFAIK the saying goes:

...satisfaction brought him back.

And Who's on first.
aiela From: aiela Date: July 2nd, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's how I remember it - once his curiosity was satisfied, everythign was okay.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 3rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually I didn't know the second part myself. I'm pretty sure she said "generosity" though.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 2nd, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kids today, what do they teach them in schools these days?
behindthefool From: behindthefool Date: July 2nd, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
hehe! Brilliant.
From: writerwench Date: July 2nd, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if they're not from an English-descended family, such a bizarre old English saying might well be unfamiliar.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 3rd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard it tons of times in the US; it is pretty commonplace here. I was thinking about why she wouldn't know it. The confused woman's voice made me wonder -- she didn't sound like a non-native speaker, but she didn't *quite* sound like, well, like me. It was a bit "ghetto", but not uneducated either... Strange combination. Perhaps she wasn't native-born, but was here long enough to lose most accent?

Anyway, regardless of the source of the misunderstanding, it was very amusing. (:
anderale From: anderale Date: July 3rd, 2007 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
That has me cackling! ha haha!
ellison From: ellison Date: July 3rd, 2007 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Who doesn't know that saying?? And it's "satisfaction" not generosity! Crazy kids.
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