Thursday, January 7, 2010
Why does it 'Rain cats and dogs'? Why not 'Mice and Ant'?
The phrase raining cats and dogs brings us back to the Norse legends, which contended that animals had specific magical powers. In this case, cats were reputed to have the ability to conjure up storms and dogs were symbolic of wind. To Scandinavians, then, raining cats and dogs meant a violent storm with wind and rain, pretty much what it means to us today.
Holt argues that the phrase probably stems from 17th century England, when Jonathan Swift, in Polite Conversation, described the city's gutters as full of debris-including cats and dogs!
as researched by David Feldman