Its Raining Cats And Dogs: Making Sense of Animal Phrases by Jackie FranzaWhile checking out at Pet-Co today, I noticed the books, of course, that they use to tempt you much like a candy bar at the grocery store. You know the books Im talking about. Why Your Dog Will Follow You to the Ends of the Earth but Your Cat Wont Follow You to the Next Room & Your Gerbil and You on the Exercise Wheel of Life. I always look at them, because I am a book & animal lover.
Today I hit the jackpot! Its Raining Cats and Dogs is all about the origins of famous animal phrases. Why did we start saying A Little Bird Told Me, and what about Happy as a Clam? I am forever asking where phrases came from. Unfortunately, I tend to ask my smart-elleck boss and learn nothing from the experience. I get a good laugh, though.
Its Raining Cats and Dogs is a great book for word-junkies like me. I love learning the origins of things I use in conversation on a daily basis. The book is a quick read, but youll walk away with a little more trivia trapped in your head. You just might needit on the next Family Pursuit Trivia night! My rating: 4/5
The meaning and origin of the expression: Raining cats and dogs
This time of year means two things: bad weather and plenty of grumbling about the bad weather. By Jonny Wilkes. There are also two theories suggesting the renowned Irish satirist Jonathan Swift made the phrase popular. In , Swift wrote the poem, City Shower , which included an image of dead animals left in city streets after heavy floods. Not that this really answers why cats and dogs, of all animals. There are four possible origins of why the domestic pets became synonymous with torrential downpour.
No one knows the precise source of the 17th century expression 'raining cats and dogs', but we can be sure that it didn't originate because animals fell from the sky. This is an interesting old English phrase in that, although we don't know who coined it or why, it has spawned a host of speculative derivations. Let's can get the fanciful proposed derivations out of the way The phrase isn't in any sense literal, that is, it doesn't record an incident where cats and dogs fell from the sky. Small creatures, of the size of frogs or fish, do occasionally get carried skywards in freak weather, but there's no record of groups of them being scooped up in that way and causing this phrase to be coined. Not that we need to study meteorological records for that - it's plainly implausible.
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