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    Where can I find the source of an idiom? That is, I know what "raining cats and dogs" means, but WHY does it have that meaning? What is its derivation?

    Any advice will be appreciated. Jeanne Douglas jehane@adelphia.net

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    Re: Sources of idioms

    Some on this page give background information: https://www.usingenglish.com/links/I...ons/index.html

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    Re: Sources of idioms

    And try here too: Online Etymology Dictionary

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    Re: Sources of idioms

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    Where can I find the source of an idiom? That is, I know what "raining cats and dogs" means, but WHY does it have that meaning? What is its derivation?

    Any advice will be appreciated. Jeanne Douglas jehane@adelphia.net
    In many cases, the actual "why" is unknown. Be aware that there are many interesting but incorrect explanations of the origin of these phrases. In this case, the two most compelling explanations are:

    1. In northern European myths, rain and wind were symbolized by cats and dogs, respectively.

    2. After a severe rain in 17th century London, a lot of debris, incuding dead animals would wash down the streets.

    This is a very good site for chasing the origins of odd expressions:

    The Word Detective


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    Re: Sources of idioms

    Nice one - -thanks

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    Re: Sources of idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Nice one - -thanks
    You're welcome.

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