A Dozen Ways Dogs have Infiltrated the English Language - Have you ever called in to work saying, “I can t come in today. I m sick as a dog?” Most of us have at one time or another. Do you know where that saying came from? We really don t know for sure but there are quite a few guesses. One of which is that dogs were host to fleas that carried a variety of diseases, including various plagues, and not only would the dog get sick but, in sharing his fleas, he would enable others to get sick too. Etymologists (those who study words and their origins) also study the way words and their meanings change over time and those associated with dogs have certainly changed. Sick as a dog, for example, is not used today to insinuate anyone is carrying fleas or will share the plague. Instead, it often refers to someone with a hangover or a stomach upset. Language and how it changes is almost as fascinating as our dogs. The Origins of Dog In the 1500s and 1600s, the French used the word dogue, while the Germans and Dutch had the word dogge, but dur
You've probably said "I'm sick as a dog" before, but do you know where that saying came from? Read on to see how some dog phrases have changed our language.
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