Sick as a Dog
Sick as a dog!
Have you heard that expression? Sure you have!
Well... it's what's been going through my mind all day because I think it fits me well today! I mean-I am just plain sick, SICK with this cold or flu or whatever the heck it is! Sick as a dog sounds just about right!
Since the phrase wouldn't leave me alone I went searching on the origin of this old adage.
I asked Charles first, as he often surprises me with all the obscure things he knows....but he said he had always heard it said as "Sick as a mule!" Well, it's not a mule I'm sick as- (I may be stubborn as a mule) it's a DOG!! THAT'S what keeps going round and round in my head..."Sick as a dog!"
So I had to keep searching...
There are lots of sites that touch on this but none are really concise in the explanations. Oh, well...I give you this from one site I read.
" There are several expressions of the form sick as a ..., that date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Sick as a dog is actually the oldest of them, recorded from 1705; it is probably no more than an attempt to give force to a strongly worded statement of physical unhappiness. It was attached to a dog, I would guess, because dogs often seem to have been linked to things considered unpleasant or undesirable; down the years they have had an incredibly bad press, linguistically speaking (think of dog tired, dog in the manger, dog’s breakfast, go to the dogs, dog Latin — big dictionaries have long entries about all the ways that dog has been used in a negative sense)."
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Bothersome thought, too...all the really sick-SICK dogs I've known have eventually died-and often with the decision being made for them! :(
Hey-I'm just sick of being SICK! Seems like it's been a month but I guess it hasn't actually been that long!
( wish I was tough as nails but I not)