Cliche Sunday

         Another Sunday so quickly!
Where does the time Go? Does it Fly? And Why?

                             How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

But enough about time, let’s do some cliches!

As it is raining rather intensely here, I thought I would start with:

raining cats and dogs: meaning to rain heavily, often with high winds. One idea for the origin is simply that a loud storm is cacophonous as dogs and cats fighting. The other theory is that it was believed that witches caused storms and rode the winds in the shape of back cats. And, the God of Storms is described in Norse Mythology being surrounded by wild dogs and wolves. So, add the witchy cat-shaped winds and the wild dogs and you get “it’s raining cats and dogs.*

and if you wanted to go outside right now, you’d be:

barking up the wrong tree: being wrong about something, to go in the wrong direction for information. This one came from hunting dogs. Once a possum or squirrel was treed by a dog, they barked until the hunter came. But sometimes the animal ran branch to branch and was several trees away by the time the hunter got there. The dog, however, kept barking up the same tree.

I am pretty sure with the weather out there, you would NOT be able to:

build a fire under somebody: to try to get another person to hurry. While there is no actual proof that this was done, the phrase came from the idea that mule skinners would have to set an actual fire under a mule who had decided not to move. Coincidently, this is the same mule who gave us “stubborn as a mule.”

and I hope you swallow all of these:

hook, line and sinker: to believe an entire tall tale. This is from fishermen telling stories about the one that was so big, it got away with not only the hook, but the line and sinker. When an Eastern ‘newbie’ believed the tale, he was joked about as having fallen for the fish tale; “hook, line and sinker.” Later it came to mean just about anyone who was gullible. Another example of that would be snipe hunting…..what, you have never been snipe hunting? When would you like to go 🙂





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  1. Great information on some old cliches’! I enjoyed reading this.


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