In America we say, “it’s raining cats and dogs,” when it’s raining hard outside. I have often found it a funny saying, but I like that it’s so unique. With Spring showers on their way, I thought I’d share what I learned this morning!
Have you ever wondered where the phrase came from? Well, there are lots of answers, but this one from here caught my eye:
Odin, the Norse god of storms, was often pictured with dogs and wolves, which were symbols of wind. Witches, who supposedly rode their brooms during storms, were often pictured with black cats, which became signs of heavy rain for sailors. Therefore, “raining cats and dogs” may refer to a storm with wind (dogs) and heavy rain (cats).
I saw an article in Reader’s Digest edition April 2014 this morning which made me giggle as well for Americans are not the only ones with funny heavy rain phrases!
In Denmark, “det regner skomagerdrenge” translates to:
“It’s raining shoemakers’ apprentices.”
In Norway, “det regner trollkjerringer” translates to:
“It’s raining she-trolls.”
In Bosnia, “padaju cuskije” translates to
“It’s raining crowbars.”
In Wales, “mae hi’n bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn” translates to
“It’s raining old ladies and sticks.”
What do they say in your country? Please share!