fiat_lux ,

Today has been a good day on the fediverse. I got to see lots of cats and I learnt about an excellent Italian phrase.

I wonder if that's where we get the English phrase "the cat is out of the bag"

the_itsb ,

I’m very interested in this proverb! How do you use it? Is it sorta the same as “don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched”?

DieguiTux8623 OP , avatar

Yes l, the meaning is exactly that: do not promise anything until you are sure you can get it. An equivalent (and slightly more cruel) would be “non vendere la pelle dell’orso prima di averlo ucciso” (lit. “don’t sell the bear’s fur before having killed it”).

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