Mad dogs

Posted by ESC on October 31, 1999

In Reply to: Mad dogs and englishmen posted by D Russell on October 31, 1999

: I know about the band, but where did the phrase come from,a poem? Thanks for any help.

In Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett, it is attributed to Noel Coward (1899-1973) from Mad Dogs and Englishmen. The full quote is "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun." I don't know if the phrase is original with Mr. Coward. I thought it was a comment by the natives, who knew how to sensibly deal with the heat.