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CategoriesNooks & cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe toàn thân beautifulRed tape, trắng liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of all evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage & screenBirds và the bees SEMANTIC ENIGMASWhat on earth is the background for the phrase "it"s raining cats và dogs"?Eivind, Oslo Norway The phrase originated from Tudor times. At that time for most poor people the only place to keep their animals was in the house with the people - & domestic animals would often be put up in the rafters. Roofing at the time was simple thatch that dropped directly into lớn the house so that at times of heavy downpour rain would fall through the thatch, & either flush or encourage the "pets" to lớn return to ground level. Hence the phrase raining cats và dogs. Sarah, London Cats and dogs is a mistaken phrase for the word capadupage authority, which I believe sầu is Italian for waterfall, although I bởi vì not speak the language myself. Can someone verify this for me? M. Burgess, Shrewsbury Shropshire Sadly, there seems to lớn be no firm answer. Webster has a fanciful explanation based on mythology but since the phrase is first found in the 17th c as "dogs & polecats" and then in 1738 in its modern size, an "ancient mythology" explanation seems unlikely. There is another story in Morris of peiople seeing drowned cats và dogs in the streets after heavy rain but that is not convincing either. Beverley Rowe, London I once heard that it originated in Europe, & was caused by a combination of the poor drainage system, & the large number of stray cats và dogs. After a heavy rainstorm, a large number of these unfortunate animals were drowned và their bodies left in the streets. When the rain stopped and people emerged from their houses, they would see these animals, and it would appear that it really had rained cats & dogs. Jeremy Miles, Derby UK The phrase is supposed to have originated in Engl& in the 17th century. City streets were then filthy & heavy rain would occasionally carry along dead animals. Richard Brome"s The City Witt, 1652 has the line "It shall rain dogs & polecats". Also, cats and dogs both have sầu ancient associations with bad weather. Witches were supposed to lớn ride the wind during storms in the form of cats. In northern mythology the storm god Odin had dogs as attendants. Steve Gannon, London England I was told this by the guide to the subterrainian caverns in Edinburgh. Bascially dead dogs and cats would be left at the side of the street or in these caverns. After a particulary heavy rainfall they would be washed out along with all the other detrius & float down the road, giving the impression that they"d fallen from the sky. Bob, Kemnay Aberdeenshire Scotlvà I don"t know but the Welsh version, "Bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn", is equally bizzare - "Raining old ladies & sticks". Huw Roberts, Caerdydd UK I have sầu heard it suggested that in earlier times a heavy downpour would wash accumulated rubbish down the drains which ran in the centre of the road - including dead cats and dogs. Don Stewart, Hexyêu thích UK Comes from the days of old when the cities did not maintain their streets và alleys. Through disease, animals (dogs/cats) would lie dead in the sides of streets. When the rains would come it would wash the animals down over the cobbles hence the term. From what the tour guides say it started in Edinburgh, but who really knows. Lorn, Edinburgh UK In the days before decent street drainage, drowned stray animals could often be found in the streets of cities after a storm. People would comment that it had been raining cats & dogs và the phrase caught on. This seems plausable to me anyway although I"m afraid I can"t remember where I read it. Lucy Peacochồng, Malaga Spain In the 16th Century, houses had thatched roofs - thiông xã straw, piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to lớn get warm, so all the dogs, cats & other small animals (mice, rats, & bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof-hence the saying "It"s raining cats và dogs." Charlie Johnston, London England The phrase "raining cats & dogs" was coined by Thomas Chandler Haliburton, a Nova Scotian Judge & tác giả who was the creator of the fictional character "Sam Slick".Slick was a Yankee Clockpeddlar from whose mouth Haliburton was able to poke fun và try to stimulate his fellow Nova Scotians beginning in 1836.Other axioms coined by Haliburton that have sầu become commonplace in everyday speech in several English speaking countries are: truth is stranger than fiction, upper crust, quiông xã as a wink, six of one, half a dozen of the other, the early bird gets the worm, jaông chồng of all trades and master of none, barking up the wrong tree & others.The first of his 11 books was "The Clockmaker" which I believe is still in print, but I have sầu not been able khổng lồ locate any of the others. Anne Christiansen, Qualicum Beach, B.C. Canadomain authority I heard there was a large explosion in a Japanese car factory....after which it rained Datsun Cogs. Sorry. Jason, Guildford, UK Add your answer