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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:16 PM
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Why do people say "sick as a dog?"
Dogs don't really get sick that often. What's the etymology of that phrase, does anyone know? Any guesses?

I'm sick as a dog and need entertaining. :P



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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:16 PM
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1. go eat some grass and puke. it works for the dog
hope you feel better
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:19 PM
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2. Well, that was definitely entertaining
:rofl:

And maybe you're on to something. I probably would feel better if I puked. And I'd almost certainly puke if I ate a bunch of grass. :think:


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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 01:27 AM
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15. Now try eating cat poop
you will then understand what "sick as a dog" truly means
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:20 PM
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3. They don't get sick very often, but....
they do lick their balls.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:25 PM
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6. Excellent point
I think.

At any rate, that would make me sick. Oh, wait. I AM sick.



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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:21 PM
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4. for emphasis --
You are much too sick to do the things a normal person does when you are as sick as a dog. Example: "Sorry, but I am not going to be able to come in to work today. I'm as sick as a dog."

http://www.goenglish.com/SickAsADog.asp
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:27 PM
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7. But why a dog?
It makes no sense. If we want emphasis, we should say things like, "I'm so sick I'm unable to stand without barfing" or something along those lines. Why bring dogs into it? Whose idea was that?

I'm writing my congressperson. x(



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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:28 PM
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8. barf/dog
get it ;)
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bluesbassman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 04:21 AM
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19. It's actually "Barfolomew"
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elshiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:21 PM
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5. It's Anti-Dogism.
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justabob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:30 PM
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9. here you go
makes sense...

http://raivynnsroost.blogspot.com/2007/01/sick-as-dog-a...

In America, we might say we are "sick" to describe a cold or flu, while Brits would say they are "ill". In the United Kingdom, the word "sick" typically refers to vomit. To "be sick" in England would mean "to vomit".

If you know anything about dogs, you know when a dog eats something (and they eat damn near ANYthing) that is not good for them, it comes back out in worse shape than it went down. Usually on your freshly cleaned carpet. Or the middle of the couch. It's never pleasant, and I'm sure the dog doesn't much care for it either. (Though many of them will sniff their recent stench wafting ejecta and eagerly slurp it back up .. only to redeliver their payload to another part of the house).

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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:33 PM
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10. Not only does it make sense
But it makes me feel a lot better. :rofl:

Thank you - that was very thoughtful. :fistbump:



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justabob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:42 PM
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11. glad I could help :)
I love finding out where those phrases we use all the time come from.

I hope you get over whatever is ailing you soon.

:fistbump:
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:49 PM
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12. Good question. Also, why do people say "slept like a baby"?
Unless someone was trying to say they woke up every 3-4 hours crying until a boob was popped in their mouth, I really don't see how they slept like a baby. :shrug:
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 03:38 AM
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17. Yeah, unless they're selling to this kind of person:
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 11:54 AM
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21. OMFG!!!
:rofl:
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 11:59 AM
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22. Well, now I feel sick in a different sort of way
:wow:




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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:58 PM
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13. I don't know, but in my neighborhood when I was in my late teens
we guys would say to each other, "You're about a dog", meaning like a schmuck.
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:20 AM
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14. I always assumed it's because a dog can pretty much puke on command
However, I also think it's because dogs can outdo pretty much any animal in the looking-sad department, and when you're really sick you feel as sad as a dog can look.

On the other hand, cats can out-puke dogs hands-down, and kittens can out-sad-eyes any dog or puppy at least 90% of the time, but no one is ever 'sick as a cat'... :shrug:
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busybl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 03:26 AM
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16. once you've seen one puke,
you'll understand/
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 04:13 AM
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18. Now that's a good question!
I've had my pooch for 15 years now, and only once has he been "puke" sick.

He was getting a med, for I can't remember what. He started needing to drink buckets of water, and then puked all over the place.

I called the vet, and they said no worry. It's a normal reaction with that med, so just quit giving it to him. Well, thank you very much!

After it made him so sick he puked all over my house! And scared me half to death! I thought he was gonna die.

Series! You NEVER want to get sick as a dog. I was so pissed ..
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:14 AM
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20. They don't get sick often, but the really look like hell when they do.
They just kind of droop.

And puke a lot.

mark
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Zavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:00 PM
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23. For that matter, where the hell does "happy as a clam" come from?
I could Google it, but that would require me caring enough to do so.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:01 PM
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24. Another excellent question and one I've wondered about as well
Clams don't really seem to have any real expression at all so I can't imagine how one could tell if they were happy or morose. Most of the clams I've seen were ones I was eating anyway, and I can't imagine they'd be too happy about that. :shrug:




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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:03 PM
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25. Have you ever heard a clam complain?
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 12:05 PM by Gormy Cuss
Actually, the expression used to be "happy as a clam at high water" unlike clams at low tide.
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justabob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:05 PM
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26. I'm good for google :)
Etymology: based on the full form of the phrase happy as a clam in mud at high tide (= a clam that cannot be dug up and eaten, which therefore could be considered happy)

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/happy+as+a+clam
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