The dog entered literature and art around the same time literature and art were invented! You can tell how much of an impact these beasts had on human lives because of all the idioms created from their foul behavior!
The ‘Hair of the Dog’ is a prime example! It comes from the idea, like cures like. It’s on the same lines as fight fire with fire. This idiom began as a bullshit cure for rabies! Stuff a little wad of the rabid dog’s hair in your bite wound, and you just may be cured! ‘Hair of the Dog’ is super old! We’re talking like 2,500 B.C. old! And, it still had the same meaning back then! Use an alcoholic concoction to cure a hangover!
‘Dog and Pony Show’ was an idiom created from terrible circus acts back before big circuses could travel west across the United States. They were literally shows where dogs and ponies would do stupid tricks, like tapping their hoof to a certain number or falling over and playing dead! This phrase usually describes an event that is terribly disorganized, useless, or created for some sort of political or commercial sway.
If you’re ‘Dog Tired,’ it means you’ve completely exhausted yourself! This phrase comes from England during the late 800’s. Apparently, Alfred the Great, the king of Wessex at that time, had two sons he would send out to retrieve his hounds on a regular basis. This was no easy task because King Alfred would release many kennels of these dogs at a time!. Whichever son came back with the most dogs would receive favor from their father, and though they were ‘Dog Tired’ at the end of the hunt, they got to sit at the king’s right hand during dinner!
‘Dog Eat Dog’ is an idiom derived from the Latin saying ‘Dog does not Eat Dog.’ The phrase refers to the fact that humans, when in competitive situations, can act in sub-canine behavior, doing terrible things to each other in order to succeed!
Calling someone a ‘Dog’ can mean several things, depending on the way it’s used! If a woman is called a dog, it means that someone’s saying they’re unattractive in a rude ass way. If a dude is called a dog, it could mean they are an adulterer, disloyal to friends, horny, or unable to control their more primal urges!
Calling someone a ‘Bulldog,’ on the other hand, can be a compliment! It means the person is aggressive, goal oriented, works hard and gets shit done!
The ‘Hot Dog’ comes from a newspaper cartoonist who was unable to spell ‘Hot Dachshunds,’ the name of hotdogs before 1901. Instead he wrote ‘Hot Dogs,’ and the name stuck!
Acting like a ‘Beat Dog’ often describes someone’s pathetic behavior when they’ve screwed up and want sympathy for being an idiot! ‘Doggonit’ Is a perversion of ‘God Damn It!’ ‘Doggy Style,’ aka the Rear Entry Rodeo, is humping from behind! And though some people think this last one has to do with hot weather, no one really knows what the fuck ‘Dog Days’ means because it was invented so long ago it’s meaning has been lost entirely!
Anyway, dogs are cool, unless they bite!
Dog meat’s illegal in the United States!