Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, 30 March 2019

This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of METAPHOR.

Our metaphor this week is:

Raining cats and dogs.

Thanks Sarah.

I’ve done posts previously our personal interpretation of the various types of rain.

Invisible rain is the stuff you don’t really see, yet it seeps into your clothing giving you a chill.
Normal rain is basically what you see is what you get…… wet.
Fat rain is the big heavy drops that splatter on your windows and roof making one helluva row.
Stair rod rain is heavier than fat rain, coming down in straight lines, and hurts when it hits you.
Hose pipe rain is the stuff most of us can’t handle for prolonged periods as it leads to floods.

The Experts call it Drizzle, Showers, Heavy Rain, Downpour, and Torrential.  It’s all wet though.

What I missed in those posts were the howling winds coupled with dense torrential rain, which we would term as raining cats and dogs.
No doubt young children would be rushing to the window expecting to see puppies and kittens falling from the sky from such a figure of speech.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, 30 March 2019

  1. Sadje says:

    I know that was my first reaction when I heard the phrase as a kid. 😄

  2. Bee Halton says:

    It rains like string in Germany 😁

  3. Bee Halton says:

    Both I guess 😁

  4. Jade Li says:

    I like your terms better 🙂 Sometimes you wonder where the metaphors originated…

    • This origin of this one apparently is unclear, some think perhaps when animasl died in the floods, or something to do with a ‘raining animals’ phenomena.

  5. Yes that type of phrase is so difficult for our son to process.

  6. Jules says:

    Fun weather words. My post was sort of weather related though with some puns too.
    I think though that there was a time that the winds were so strong that they picked up the animals and tossed them all over… Which also made me think of a show I saw the other day about it raining dead red wing black birds. It seems it was around New Years eve in this one town. And the fire works at midnight set a huge bunch of blackbirds (who apparently have bad vision so the story went) that they flew from their roosts and smashed into windows and buildings and then littered the ground. Apparently it is more common than not. I was trying to find the article that I watched on a history show, and saw that this happened in 2011, 2012 in Arkansas. Also happens in other countries too.

    • Hi Jules. Thanks for commenting. I looked it up and read about it raining animals somewhere but it seems no-one knows for sure where the sayinng originated.

  7. weejars says:

    Nice one 😊

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