Sunday, June 20, 2010

It’s raining cats and dogs

What is the origin of this famous phrase? I just happened to read it on the net today and though it worth sharing here.

In olden times, when the rooftops were not so sturdy, a heavy downpour would disrupt the roof tiles and bring down the cats and dogs that would be sleeping on these roofs. So when it’s ‘raining cats and dogs’ you know it’s a heavy, heavy downpour.

Another explanation given was that in the past, animals would be associated with weather conditions. Cats, for example, were associated with rain and dogs, with wind. So when it’s raining heavily and with lot of wind, the phrase comes into picture again.

Interesting, isn’t it??

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