Posted by R. Berg on December 15, 2002
In Reply to: A phrase posted by paul johnsen on December 15, 2002
: my old dad used to say something was old, since "Heck was a
: Roman - Hecaba - dog - hades welp of cerberus?
The traditional phrase is slightly different: "since Hector was a pup." Eric Partridge ("A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British") says it goes back to about 1920. Hector used to be a common name for a large dog.