Posted by Joel on March 07, 2000
In Reply to: Right as rain posted by ESC on March 07, 2000
the expression 'right as rain,' meaning perfect, well, absolutely right, appearing in 1894." It doesn't give any detail as to the origin of the phrase.[ESC]
A collection written in 1894 would not need to explain the meaning of the phrase too much. Everyone realized the importance of agriculture and rain, at that time. Agriculture is still essential to us now, but a) suburb and city-dewellers understand little about it, and b) a lot of irrigation (sprinklers, "guns," and drip-style) is used these days. We think we are sophisticated these days, but most of us know very little about the subjects that we now leave to specialists (like farmers).