Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Raining Cats and Dogs

Where did that saying come from? Why cats and dogs? Why not cows and chickens? Or frogs and lizards? I looked it up and there appears to be multiple theories as to where this saying came from. Some I like more than others. I like the theory derived from mythology which states that dogs and wolves were attendants to Odin, the god of storms, and sailors associated them with rain. Witches, who often took the form of their familiars - cats, are supposed to have ridden the wind. However, the much more probable source of 'raining cats and dogs' is the prosaic fact that, in the filthy streets of 17th/18th century England, heavy rain would occasionally carry along dead animals and other debris. The animals didn't fall from the sky, but the sight of dead cats and dogs floating by in storms could well have caused the coining of this colourful phrase. That does not leave such a nice visual in my head, I don't think I will use that phrase again. (I found this on The Phrase Finder in case you are stumped on why 'as easy as pie' is still said since I don't think pie baking is SO easy or why something 'costs an arm and a leg' which seems a high price to pay for almost anything.)

American phrases could be an entire blog post by itself. My initial point being, it is raining hard outside and we were caught in it! However we did not 'jump the gun' or 'peter out'. The boys were 'as happy as clams' despite my girlfriend and I wanting to drop them off at the 'funny farm'. We 'paddled our own canoe' and 'blazed our own trail' with four wet boys in tow.

It was a 'red letter day'. (Lots of fun!)

Here are some photos from Lewis Ginter today.

Love & Light,


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