The origins of phrases are often more interesting than the phrase themselves.
Following are a few well-known expressions and how they came into being (or at least, how we believe they came into being) —
It’s raining cats and dogs
The first known record of this phrase is from Dean Jonathan Swift’s “Polite Conversation” (1873). However, around 1652, Richard Brome wrote a play entitled “The City Witt” in which one of the characters says:
The world shall flow with dunces…
And it shall rain…
Dogs and Polecats….
Without rhyme or reason
Rhyme and reason are synonymous, so this expression simply means without reason. This was originally a French saying, na Ryme ne Raison. It continues in modern French as ni rime ni raison.
· The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
This was comes from animals grazing through the fence, separating them from the next field.
Interesting, and fun. And fun learning is forever learning!