Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rainy Day

It's raining Cats & Dogs!!
In light of the terrential rains and a small tornado (completely foreign to sunny So.Cal.) I thought this is fitting althought the story below is kinda gross. We are being washed away....literally!  If your an animal lover you might be surprised at how this saying originated, I was.  The flooding, mudslides and evacuations are expected to last all week, yuck.

Meaning: It’s raining heavily

Origin: There are roughly 200 theories on this one. The most probable? In 17th-century England, public sanitation wasn’t what it is today—hence during deluges, rain coursing down the streets would often carry dead animals with it. As a result, even though cats and dogs never literally showered down from above, they became associated with severe rainstorms. Photo: iStockPhotos

This is featured in a fun article by Woman's Day about popular ideoms. You can read it HERE.The article is pretty humorous and gives an  insight into where all those funny saying are believed to originate.Hope all of you are warm, safe and cozy!


WendyBee said...

omigosh! If you go out, take a sturdy umbrella!

P.S. seriously, I hope you are safe and sound.

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

I forot to mention my plumbing has been backed up since yesterday and the plumber wont be here untill tomorrow :((

Elyse said...

hi poppie,

(i keep changing your nicknames!)

sounds rough over there. i hope that soon your troubles are down the drain.

beaming dry thoughts to you all!


Elyse said...


just for laughs, i'd love to see a big, black grograin ribbon tied in a bow at the top of the apron. what do you think?

Queenmothermamaw said...

Your rain is like mine coming down fast and furious. Nasty, nasty, nasty.

Cottage Flair said...

Isn't it funny where sayings actually come from? The apron is great and I LOVE your pillows!! Congrats on RH. That is really big!!

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I think we got the rain you had....not as bad though. We were getting a lot of thaw from all the melted snow so it got pretty muddy around here!
Funny where sayings come from. Never knew that one about the cats and dogs!

Miss Gracie's House said...

Now , *THAT* is an interesting thought!!

CONGRATS on being in RH...what an the pillow line...very cute!

Cathie said...

Hi sweetheart, it can 'rain cats and dogs' in a variety of different ways. Just wanted you to know that I'm still praying for you... thanks for stopping by for a visit.