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Monday, September 12, 2005

They Call Me An Animal... Then They Cut Me Up


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Sitting at home today sick as a dog. That phrase never really made much sense to me. Have you ever seen a dog sick? How do know you it's sick? I think instead, that I'm as sick as a fish. What's the difference... sick is sick. So from now on, when I say that I'm sick, I'll be as sick as a fish.
The question still abounds what does 'As sick as a dog' mean —

There are several expressions of the form sick as a ..., that date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Sick as a dog is actually the oldest of them, recorded from 1705; it is probably no more than an attempt to give force to a strongly worded statement of physical unhappiness. It was attached to a dog, I would guess, because dogs often seem to have been linked to things considered unpleasant or undesirable; down the years they have had an incredibly bad press, linguistically speaking (think of dog tired, dog in the manger, dog’s breakfast, go to the dogs, dog Latin—big dictionaries have long entries about all the ways that dog has been used in a negative sense).
At various times cats, rats and horses have been also dragged in to the expression, though an odd thing is that horses can’t vomit; one nineteenth-century writer did suggest that this version was used “when a person is exceedingly sick without vomiting”. The strangest member of the set was used by Jonathan Swift in 1731: “Poor Miss, she’s sick as a Cushion, she wants nothing but stuffing” (stop laughing at the back).
The modern sick as a parrot recorded from the 1970s—at one time much overused by British sportsmen as the opposite of over the moon—refers to a state of deep mental depression rather than physical illness; this perhaps comes from instances of parrots contracting psittacosis and passing it to their human owners.


Today I'm really just lying around... can't do much of anything. Just doing a Roman Polanski film fest today as I pass in and out of my drugged stupper. Rosemary is on right now.... earlier it was The Tenant - The Ninth Gate - Frantic. many more Romans to come... although I'm really looking forward to some chicken soup and company. Yum.

There is a really wonderful benifit coming up to support the musicial community from New Orleans. I want everyone who reads this blog to check out the site and support the cause. Music is the life blood of New Orleans and we need to support these important artists. Please check out the site and support this great cause, it should be an amazing day. The city has actually approved the closing of Euclid Ave. for the event... this is gonna be a real hoot.

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