Watch what you wish for

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Watch what you wish for

Postby bnjtokyo » Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:39 am

Does anyone have an origin for this expression?

I thought it was from Aesop, but my Google search suggests it is not a particularly old phrase.


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Postby Bailey » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:36 am

I've always heard as Be Careful what you wish for.
But that lends nothing to the discussion.

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Postby Perry » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:44 am

According to this chap, Iit is an opening quote from the Monkey's Paw, which is a classic horror story apparently written by W.W. Jacobs,, first appearing in Harpers Monthly in 1902. The author attributed the saying to Anonymous.
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