Posted by ESC on June 07, 2000
In Reply to: Raining Cats & Dogs posted by LawyerChk1 on June 07, 2000
: I read the origin and meaning posted, but I thought I had heard somewhere that the phrase actually originated in England/Ireland/Scotland in the 15 or 1600s, when animals routinely slept on the thatched roofs of homes. When a huge downpour came, the animals were forced off the roofs, and it appeared to be "raining cats and dogs." Anybody else heard this??
There's a bogus "Life in the 1500s" document floating around Internet. It was "debunked" on another phrase site. If I find the site, I'll post it.