sunshowers (was The Donkeys Are Getting Married)

Natalie Maynor maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Sun Aug 26 11:42:27 UTC 2001

Allen Maberry writes:

> During a sunshower, my grandfather always said that "The devil was beating
> his wife." Is this a common German/Prussian/Russian-American saying?

Fwiw, I've never heard the term "sunshower" (though its meaning is
pretty clear), but I've always assumed that "the devil's beating his
wife" was the "normal" thing to say when rain is falling from a sunny
sky.  I've heard it and said it all my life.
   --Natalie Maynor (maynor at

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