Re: Gnomic aorist in English?

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Apr 30 1997 - 13:53:53 EDT

At 11:06 AM -0500 4/30/97, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>Is this a gnomic aorist?
>"Curiosity killed the cat."

Depends on how many lives the cat has. Sort of like "Pop goes the weasel!"
(or perhaps it should best be called a "hysterical present"?)

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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