10 expressions on dogs and cats
Posted on September 11 2018
But what do they really mean? Here are some of them explained:
5 Expressions related to the dog:
- To look at yourself in faience dog:
This expression means to watch oneself with hostility, to be suspicious of someone.
It dates from the 17th century, when faience figurines adorned the chimneys and often 2 dog figurines stood face to face.
- The dog barks the trailer moves on :
This saying is of Arab origin, nomadic encampments were guarded by dogs standing guard. During the passage of long caravans of camels, the dogs barked but the camels remained imperturbable.
- Have a dog trouble / Make a dog's time:
For a very long time, the dog was considered a dirty, mean and despicable animal. We find traces of this type of expression until the 1st century.
- As a dog and cat:
This expression dates from the sixteenth century, already at the time, it was clear that the cat and the dog could never get along. And yet ...
- Dogs are not cats :
5 Cat Expressions:
- A good cat, good rat:
This expression applies when 2 equal forces oppose each other.
Very used in the 17th century in the military field to say that the armies were of equal strength.The most intelligent cats
- Scalded cat fears cold water :
This expression has its origin in the thirteenth century.
- Give your tongue to the cat:
Originally the phrase was "Throw its tongue to the dog" and it appeared in the nineteenth century.
- When the cat's away the mice will play :
This proverb appears in the twelfth century in the form of "Where the cat is, mouse reveals itself".
- Have other cats to whip:
It dates from at least the 17th century.
Finally, dogs and cats have been part of our lives for centuries. The French language was inspired by their attitudes and habits. The meaning of these expressions changes according to place and time.
Many other expressions or quotes exist. To you to find the one you like the most ...