fun with phrases

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 28 19:11:32 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at> wrote:
> cats […] suck the breath from babies, killing them

FWIW, that's the version that I'm familiar with, though I didn't
encounter it till some time after 1962, when it was given to me as the
speaker's reason for disliking cats.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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