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    Fleur de mort Guest

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    The welkin raining cats and dogs




    cats and dogs????????????????

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    Re: I want the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleur de mort View Post
    The welkin raining cats and dogs




    cats and dogs????????????????
    Hi

    It`s raining cats and dogs = It`s raining heavily

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    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi

    It`s raining cats and dogs = It`s raining heavily

    hello thanks
    but why cats and dogs??
    it's animals not water???

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    Re: I want the meaning

    The phrase isn't related to the well-known antipathy between dogs and cats, which is made word in the phrase 'fight like cat and dog'. Its meaning is mythical.

    Raining cats and dogs

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    Re: I want the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleur de mort View Post

    hello thanks
    but why cats and dogs??
    it's animals not water???
    Hi

    It`s a very old expression referring to heavy rains. Long ago, about 17th or 18th century there was very bad weather. Heavy floods caused the death of many animals whose bodies floated in the muddy waters and were taken by strong winds . You can imagine the effects of a strong hurricane or tornado : dead bodies lifted in the air and thrown away [miles and miles away].
    The expression refers to "cats and dogs" because they are the most common house pets. This is only one of the several interpretations given to the origin of this phrase.

    Regards
    Last edited by Teia; 24-Jun-2007 at 22:13.

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    Re: I want the meaning

    bianca


    teia_petrescu


    Thanks a lot that was helpful
    All the best

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    Re: I want the meaning

    G'day Fleur de mort,
    I am amazed that you are uncomfortable with raining cats and dogs as in a heavy rain storm that sounds like cats and dogs fighting on the roof but are happy with 'welkin' which is an archaic word that I only know from a very old saying about a loud orator being able to 'make the welkin ring' as in being able to speak loud enough to cause an exho.
    English is a funny language.

    .,,

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