And Where They Come from
ISBN10: 1585746827 ISBN13: 9781585746828 Contributors: Korach, Myron Publisher: Lyons Pr Published: Sep 1 2002 Pages: 288 Weight: 0.64lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Ever wondered where the phrase raining cats and dogs came from? In a Teutonic myth, the wind was a huge dog, chief attendant to Odin, the god of wisdom, war, and the cosmos. When it rained hard, Odin's dog was chasing a cat, in the form of rain. So when it poured, Odin dropped cats and dogs from the sky. Learn the stories behind such phrases as: A la carte Coast is clear Dog days of summer Flash in the pan In hot water Lame duck Pay through the nose Run amok Apple of my eye Cock-and-bull story Cut and dried Face the music Fly off the handle Kick the bucket Lion's share Pull strings And many more...