Monday, February 14, 2005

Sick as a dog...

I'm sick as a dog. It's ridiculous. Out of nowhere. But my curiosity has been peaked by this simple phrase... "sick as a dog". I've had many dogs and none of them were ever "sick" all the time. Because of my funk and the copious spare time I have sitting here today, I've done a little research and as it turns out "Sick as a dog" means "extremely sick" and comes from the late 17th century. (Source:

"[It] is also not so much negative as it is simply descriptive. Anyone who knows dogs knows that while they can and often will eat absolutely anything, on those occasions when their diet disagrees with them the results can be quite dramatic. And while Americans may consider themselves "sick" when they have a bad cold, in Britain that would be called 'feeling ill.' 'Being sick' in Britain usually means 'to vomit.' So to really appreciate the original sense of 'sick as a dog,' imagine yourself seated in the parlor having tea with the Vicar on a lovely Sunday afternoon, when Fido staggers in from a meal of sun-dried woodchuck and expresses his unease all over your heirloom oriental carpet. It's actually rather amazing that goldfish aren't more popular."

Ok, so maybe I am not vomiting and therefore not techinically "sick as a dog" but I am very uncomfortable - i.e achy, viciously sore throat, fever, lethargy, and a very unpleasant demeanor. And you know, desicker you feel, demeanor you get. That's all for now folks.

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