Posted by R. Berg on April 12, 2007
In Reply to: This Weather is for the birds posted by Glen on April 11, 2007
: Where does the phrase "this Weather is for the birds" come from? I notice a lot of people use it when the weather is very cold.
"For the birds" isn't limited to cold weather or even to weather generally. It's used for anything the speaker dislikes. Searching the archives (go back one page and use the box) will bring up previous discussions of this phrase. It originated with observations of sparrows pecking at manure to extract seeds. ~rb