sick as a dog

Bruce Dykes bkd at GRAPHNET.COM
Thu Apr 19 11:08:40 UTC 2001

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Glaser" <tonyglaser at MINDSPRING.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 21:37
Subject: Re: sick as a dog

> >A colleague of mine would like to know if anyone has an explanation of
> >expression 'sick as a dog,' since, as she says, dogs are no sicker than
> >anyone else.
> And even more odd is the expression "I've been working like a dog" -
> dogs CERTAINLY don't work harder than anyone else!

Remember that, with the exception of the companion breeds, Shih-Tzus,
Poodles, etc, dogs were primarily bred for work...hunting and herding

Now as for 'sick as a dog', I'm tempted to suggest that it comes from a Tad
Dorgan cartoon, but that would only cause trouble....


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