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these funny idioms French people use # 005

July 7, 2010
We don’t say Once bitten, twice shy, but A scalded cat fears cold water [Chat échaudé craint l’eau froide].

It is a literal translation in Spanish [Gato escaldado, del agua fría huye] and at least Brazilian Portuguese [Gato escaldado tem medo de água fria]. Funnily in Italian, it’s the dog who gets scalded [Can scottato dall’acqua calda teme la fredda].

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