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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Never has it rained cats and dogs,
    But sometimes it rains frogs.

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    Biblically speaking, of course. :wink:

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    I am not making this up. I once saw a program (on the Discovery Channel) where they explained how it has rained locusts, fish, and, yes, frogs. (Well, I could be wrong about the frogs, but at least it rhymes with dogs.) Some people in England were certainly surprised when fish fell from the sky. Fascinating.

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    Frogs can be lifted up by tornados and come down in the rain, or so I've heard. Fish did fall here.

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    Sometimes the most unbelievable things are true.

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    I like it when that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Raining cats and dogs' is a strange idiom- every student in the world knows it, yet I never hear any native speaker use it here in the UK.
    It is said that cats and dogs are born to be enemy to each other. i knoe 2 examples that includes "cats and dogs".

    1.fight like cats and dogs.
    2.rain like cats and dogs.

    Because the sound or voice of their fighting is usually roaring and screaming, that why they use this proverb as a metaphor of raining heavily.


    Some said, in the past, the sewer system was designed poorly, once it rains, the bodies of cats and dogs will float on the street. And people misunderstood these bodies were falling from the sky.


    In Scandinavian mythology, it is said the witch who takes charge of STROM usually appeared in a transformation of a BLACK CAT. While the sailors see the black cat, it means it is going to rain heavily. There is a similar saying 'the cat has a gale of wind in her tail.'


    BUT i am just curious about who put the words in an order like "cats and dogs" instead of "dogs and cats."


    Another proverb, "sell a pig in the poke." In my language, we say something like "to hang up a sheep's head and sell dogmeat"



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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Frogs can be lifted up by tornados and come down in the rain, or so I've heard. Fish did fall here.
    It's true.
    I saw it from Discovery.


    sabrina

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    Discovery clearly shows a lot of good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeuurkes
    Than, you tends to use that idiom, don't you ?
    The Americans (at least) have a similar saying, "When hell freezes over", that is, never.

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    However, the centre of Dante's hell was frozen over.

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