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    What does mean "Laugh and be fat, for care killed the cat"
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    Last edited by MrPedantic; 16-Nov-2007 at 23:09. Reason: to fix formatting

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    Hello Golam, welcome to Using English!

    Laugh = don't take events seriously

    be fat = indulge in ordinary pleasures such as food, drink, etc.

    care = anxiety

    killed the cat: proverbially, the cat has nine lives. Thus the sense here is "would kill even a cat".

    In brief: "enjoy yourself instead of worrying".

    All the best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Golam, welcome to Using English!

    Laugh = don't take events seriously

    be fat = indulge in ordinary pleasures such as food, drink, etc.

    care = anxiety

    killed the cat: proverbially, the cat has nine lives. Thus the sense here is "would kill even a cat".

    In brief: "enjoy yourself instead of worrying".

    All the best,

    MrP


    Thanks MrPedantic. Now I undrstand. For in this sentece means because.

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    Yes, "for" = "because" in this proverb. (Sorry, I forgot to mention that!)

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    Hi Golam,

    I think, that the following excerpt from a ballade would be of interest for you.

    For why should a man care, or drown in despair,
    Though his fortunes be ne'er so unkind,
    Why should I be sad, for what I ne'er had,
    Or foolishly trouble my mind,
    And I do hate to pine at my fate,
    There's none but fools will do so,
    I'll laugh and be fat, for care kills a cat,
    And I care not how ere the world go.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    Hi Golam,

    I think, that the following excerpt from a ballade might be of interest to you.

    For why should a man care, or drown in despair,
    Though his fortunes be ne'er so unkind,
    Why should I be sad, for what I ne'er had,
    Or foolishly trouble my mind,
    And I do hate to pine at my fate,
    There's none but fools will do so,
    I'll laugh and be fat, for care kills a cat,
    And I care not how ere the world go.

    Regards.

    V.
    It's not good to worry. It only makes you nervous, and that's not good. Worrying is no fun. Laugh and be fat (Eat, drink, and be merry), for care kills a cat. (Have you ever seen a cat worry?)

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