“May the cat eat you, and may the devil eat the cat.”
The Irish have a wicked way with sayings, particularly curses. This one is a double whammy for it is not enough for the cat to eat you, but then to have the devil eat the cat is definitely a fast track to Hell!
A special thank you to Gloria Maroti Frazee for lending her gorgeous cat, Tuckerman, to breathe some furry life into this malevolent curse.
Here are a few more catching sayings, some more positive than others, but all very Irish:
“May the roof above us never fall in and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”
“May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whisky, but be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching.”
“Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.”
“Where the tongues slip, it speaks the truth.”
“Who gossips with you will gossip of you.”
“It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.”
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.”
“Don’t give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.”