RAINING CATS AND DOGS!


We’ve had lots of rain here in Missouri lately, as have other states.   Last evening we had some severe storms and a funnel cloud or two in the St. Charles and St. Louis area.   The weather pattern lately made me think of the phrase “Its raining cats and dogs.”.    I wondered where the phrase came from, so I Googled it.

There doesn’t seem to be much documentation of where this saying came from for certain.   There are some different opinions.    The one that seems most logical for an illogical saying is that it came from England, possibly from a pub.   In the old days the roof of an English house was made of straw and grass, and that combination of building material would not hold water out well.   Cats and dogs would sleep on the roof tops and the rafters.  I can see how the cats got there, but the dogs would have needed steps, possibly to the rafters; or the houses were built into a hill or side of a mountain and the animals could just walk onto the roof.   However, they got there they got there.   When rain storms hit, the roof would give way and down came the cats and dogs.    Born is the phrase “It’s raining like cats and dogs.”.

5 thoughts on “RAINING CATS AND DOGS!”

  1. I grew up in Missouri. Still live here in St. Charles, MO. I went to college at Missouri Southern State U. in Joplin, MO. One Spring morning we (1973) we had a tornado come through. My roommate (we lived in an athletic dormitory) had just signed a lease days before with another guy to move into a mobile home (in a mobile home park). He went out to check on his mobile home and it was smashed up like an accordion into other homes. They took a count of the homes in the park and realized one was missing. About 3 months later a farmer about 1-1/2 miles away discovered the mobile home (trailer) in his corn field as he was harvesting his corn.

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  2. I was an English teach for many years — and I also taught ESL for some years. When my foreign-born students were studying idioms, they often asked about such phrases as “raining cats and dogs.” I used to give them this explanation: When in middle America, there are tornadoes, sometimes a cow or even a huge tractor-trailer is lifted in the air, and found miles away! I suggested that maybe during some storm, a group of animals — cats and dogs — had been whirled away by the tornado and fell from the sky a while later. They would appear to be “raining cats and dogs.” (It’s as good an explanation as any!)

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    1. I grew up in Missouri. Still live here in St. Charles, MO. I went to college at Missouri Southern State U. in Joplin, MO. One Spring morning we (1973) we had a tornado come through. My roommate (we lived in an athletic dormitory) had just signed a lease days before with another guy to move into a mobile home (in a mobile home park). He went out to check on his mobile home and it was smashed up like an accordion into other homes. They took a count of the homes in the park and realized one was missing. About 3 months later a farmer about 1-1/2 miles away discovered the mobile home (trailer) in his corn field as he was harvesting his corn.

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