When it rains cats and dogs, small stones fall to the ground. What do you call that stone in English?
This thread caused me to ask where/when the phrase "raining cats and dogs" arose and why.
My research suggests we really don't know why, although we know when and where. There are stories that associate dogs with Odin, the Norse god of thunder, and cats with wind-blown witches, but many linguists believe that the phrase had a more mundane origin. In 17th century London, a downpour would often wash dead animals -- cats and dogs -- along the gutters.
Versions of the phrase -- dogs and polecats -- first appear in literature about 1650. The current version first appeared in Jonathan Swift’s A Complete Collection of Polite and Ingenious Conversation (1738).
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