The Origins of “Working Like a Dog” and Other Sayings

The Origins of “Working Like a Dog” and Other Sayings

I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve often wondered where terms like “working like a dog,” “it’s raining cats and dogs” and “dog days of summer” came from. This article explains these and other phrases’ origins. It’s worth a read, although I’m still curious where “sick as a dog” came from:

It is quite amazing how many sayings we have that involve dogs, but where did they come from? It makes sense that we would reference them in our vernacular considering how close we are to them, but surprisingly, they are not always referenced in a good light. Working like a Dog Simply put, this means to work extremely hard. Farm dogs work from sun-up to sun down, so they saying maybe referencing these hard working canines. However, day labor “grunt” workers have also been referred to as dogs (derogatory). In this case, working like a dog may be a […]


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