110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Lynn Bowen
posted Apr 21, 2014 - 9:08:53am
Did you ever realize how often one uses animal sayings? They can be confusing to a foreign person.
I remember years ago when my ex-husband and I had a 17-year-old Swedish boy living with us for a year, and the boy would get confused when people used colloquial sayings. He always had a dictionary in his jeans pocket, but the sayings weren’t there.
Once my mother told him she was so mad about something that she “hit the ceiling.” He later asked how she did that! I told him it was just a saying, and he laughed.
Here are some horse, dog, and cat sayings that we use without even thinking about it:
Hold your horses;
Hungry as a horse;
Straight from the horse’s mouth;
It does no good to beat a dead horse;
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink;
Get off your high horse;
Flogging a dead horse;
Put the cart before the horse;
Let the cat out of the bag;
When the cat’s away, the mice will play;
Curiosity killed the cat;
There’s more than one way to skin a cat;
Bell the cat;
Has the cat got your tongue?;
Grinning like a Cheshire cat;
Raining cats and dogs;
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks;
Shaggy dog story;
To be dog-eared;
Let sleeping dogs lie;
Every dog has his day;
Barking up the wrong tree;
His bark is worse than his bite;
Barking dogs seldom bite;
In the doghouse;
As fit as the butcher’s dog;
The tail wagging the dog.
Other animal sayings are popular too, but I just listed some about horses, cats and dogs that are colorful and fun. You can probably think of lots more.
Have fun playing with words. It would be purr-fectly awful, a doggone shame, for me not to share these horseplayful sayings with you!
— Bowen lives in DeLand. Send email to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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