It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

This is an interesting phrase in that, although there’s no definitive origin, there is a likely derivation. Before we get to that, let’s get some of the fanciful proposed derivations out of the way.

Idiomatic expressions for heavy rain in many different languages.

The origins of the English idiom, it’s raining cats and dogs are uncertain, though the most
likely source is a satirical poem by Jonathan Swift, A Description of a City Shower, first published inTatler magazine in 1710. The poem includes the lines “Drown’d Puppies, stinking Sprats, all drench’d in Mud / Dead Cats and Turnip-Tops come tumbling down the Flood.” There are more details here.

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