Gary's Third Pottery Blog

When the going gets tough, dragons gonna get going....

Gary's third pottery blog

WRITE TO ME! garyrith@yahoo.com Come see me! Open studio HERE! November 25-26 (11-4 each day); Aurora Art and Design, daily until 12/24; Cooperstown Art Assoc. daily until 12/24; Ellis Hollow Community Fair, 12/10; December 10, Little Red Wagon at the Space at Greenstar. All material on this blog unless stated otherwise is copyright Gary Edward Rith 2016

Thursday, December 3, 2009

sick as a dog....

I was sorta wondering where that expression came from. Here is one answer:

'Sick as a...' is a phrase that has been applied to a whole variety of things and creatures...dog, horse, cat, parrot and so on. Even 'sick as a cushion'! These have been around for the past three hundred years.
Presumably, the idea came about because dogs and cats certainly just do vomit whenever their bodies tell them to.
Apparently, horses cannot actually vomit, so 'sick as a horse', strictly-speaking, meant a feeling of nausea whilst being unable actually to be sick. And the 'parrot' connection just came about relatively recently, particularly in circumstances of disappointment in football matches.

and further:

People use this expression to describe someone who’s very sick. It may have something to do with the fact that dogs will eat just about anything – and some of the things they swallow make them feel pretty sick!

I don't feel THAT sick. And I am not dead yet...


Doggy mug for sale now at my etsy gallery...

9 comments:

Gallow said...

I hope I didn't give it to you. I went home Wednesday night after the chapter house and was not feeling well. I'm just starting to get over it now.

Dirt-Kicker Pottery said...

I'm on day 11 and my 4th box of Kleenex. I'm sick as a turtle.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

sick as a piggy? a newt?????

Busy Bee Suz said...

Horses don't throw up? I wish I were a horse!!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This mug is really cute...but even cuter? a BEE on the handle. :0

nickandmiri said...

We were both very interested to learn that horses can not throw up! Living next door to these critter (on both sides!) you would think we'd know! They do, however, make some serious retching noises...or maybe they're just sneezing! Do horses sneeze? Hope you feel better!
Miri

Reverend Awesome said...

Horses don't throw up?!

...the more you know

cm said...

I, too, did not know that about horses. Interesting. Curious about the parrot, though.

Anna said...

That's why when a horse is sick you have to keep it up and walking. If a sick horse lies down its usually a sign of the emiment demise....I learned that at summer camp when I was 10. :(

Top pottery blog 2015

2014 winner

Me and Missus Tastycakes

Me and Missus Tastycakes

garyrith.com

ME, the TV interview :)

my etsy gallery

my second blog, 2008-2009

my first blog, 2006-2008

Followers

Blog Archive

About Me

My photo
I am a full-time studio potter, sculptor, and dog walker, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.