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#1 2011-12-03 18:45:12

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1202

Once beaten, twice shy

How many jolly eggcorns we have found from those dialects where bitten and beaten, not to say bidden, are homophones. “Once beaten, twice shy” strikes me as more forceful than the original.

As the saying goes, once beaten twice shy, Sulu has engaged his lawyers
http://newsdzezimbabwe.wordpress.com/20 … own-south/

They say repeating a mistake twice is a mistake. Once beaten twice shy.
http://www.kenyaplex.com/discussionforu … -once.aspx

Here are some other reworked idioms, going off the beaten path. The first is a singleton, and the more precious for that.

Walking off the bidden path in the most authentic area of Greece mainland
http://www.greecetravelnet.com/greecead … lidays.htm

This trip to the Rockies took place in August 2010, the hike took us some 3 hours as we explored the park off the bitten path, the views are stunning and the mosquitoes are killers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgPqkj_796w

Farm Peace Love has been a great choice for our beach holiday. It is located off the bitten path.
http://www.holidaycheck.com/hotel-trave … 79043.html

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#2 2011-12-03 21:30:59

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2161

Re: Once beaten, twice shy

“Once beaten, twice shy,” three times funny.

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