Antedating? of "once bitten, twice shy" 1870

James Knight, MLIS jlk at 3GECKOS.NET
Fri Jan 30 16:51:42 UTC 2004

I think we got lucky here; the OCR in early TDA can be horrendous...

The Times, Saturday, Nov 17, 1849; pg. 2; Issue 20336; col A
Glasgow, Barrhead, and Neilston
Category: Classified Advertising

Gentlemen, ... I am addressing men who having been "once bitten are twice
shy." who remember to their cost that seven Scotch companies had the wind
knocked out of their sales ... [quotes in the original]

The Times, Thursday, Jan 16, 1862; pg. 4; Issue 24144; col B
The Case Of Mr. W. E. Windham.
Category: Law

... I remarked that if he got a divorce I was afraid he would do the same
thing again; to which he replied "I am not quite such a fool as that --
'once bit twice shy.'"


At 07:27 PM 1/29/04, you wrote:
>Christine Ammer(AH Dic of Idioms) says 'recorded in 1894' so that's what
>I'm going on.
>Using newspaperarchive
>25 Jan. 1870  1/4  _Titusville(PA) Morning Herald
><<Let an English railway pay never so well, or an English security never
>so good, the Americans would cry, Once bitten twice shy.">>
>Sam Clements

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