“Curiosity killed the cat.”

This is a proverb used to warn of dangers of unnecessary investigations or experiments.

Everyone knows that, despite its supposed nine lives, curiosity killed the cat.

Well, not quite.

The earlier form was still in use in 1898, when it was defined in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:

“Care killed the Cat. It is said that a cat has nine lives, but care would wear them all out.”

By ‘care’ the coiner of the expression meant ‘worry/sorrow’ rather than our more usual contemporary ‘look after/provide for’ meaning.

The earliest printed reference to the original proverb is attributed to the British playwright Ben Jonson in his 1598 play, Every Man in His Humour, which was performed first by William Shakespeare.

In the 1902 edition of Proverbs: Maxims and Phrases, by John Hendricks Bechtel, the phrase “Curiosity killed the cat” is the lone entry under the topic “Curiosity” on page 100.

Read more at:

A cat’s angry soul: You murderer!!!

Curiosity:  I did not commit any murder…NASA can be my alibi…

My last posting was 22nd Sept and I am very sorry about the long absence. Was still busy with setting up our online store and time just slipped by without sounding any alarm…gosh… 😦

Will try to update more since I’ve managed to clear some of the more tedious tasks during this morning.

Till then, hope you enjoy this post…

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀