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Since Hector was a pup

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 pup."
: Roman - Hecaba - dog - hades welp of cerberus?

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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.