I need to know which one of the following synonymous proverbs is widely used by American English speakers:
- Once bitten, twice shy.
- A burnt child, dreads fire.
I don't know whether they are BmE or AmE, or both use it.
PS. I truely apologize for the negative attribution and some unpleasant qualities imbedded in this question! As a learner of English language, I bring up anything ambiguous that I face somewhere! So, please instead of downvoting me, try to help me find out the philosophy of the saying and discover the best equivalent for that if exists! Please take it into consideration; we are going to help others improve the level of their lingual knowledge, not restricting it just because we are taking some concepts personal. :)