I spent most of last week in bed with an allergy induced sinus infection/cold. I took advantage of the dazed semi-coherent state as an excuse to slack on my social media updating and to catch up on syndication comedies found on lesser cable stations.
I also took the time to look up the term “sick as a dog” since it seems mildly rude to dogs. In case you were ill as well, or have a burning desire to know why this phrase is prevalent, here’s the skinny from some dude or dudette on Askville via Amazon:
“Sick as a dog,” which means “extremely sick” and dates back to at least the 17th century, is also not so much negative as it is simply descriptive. Anyone who knows dogs knows that while they can and often will eat absolutely anything, on those occasions when their diet disagrees with them the results can be quite dramatic. And while Americans may consider themselves “sick” when they have a bad cold, in Britain that would be called “feeling ill.” “Being sick” in Britain usually means “to vomit.”
So to really appreciate the original sense of “sick as a dog,” imagine yourself seated in the parlor having tea with the Vicar on a lovely Sunday afternoon, when Fido staggers in from a meal of sun-dried woodchuck and expresses his unease all over your heirloom oriental carpet. It’s actually rather amazing that goldfish aren’t more popular.
I’m not an animal person, per say (at all), but based on the association of the word “sick” with hurling, the term should probably be “sick as a cat.” Or a baby. Those things can spew anytime without warning.
More importantly, I’m going to try and avoid using the word “sick” going forward unless I’m vomiting, out of respect for my slight Anglophilia. (Mental Note: Next time I’m ill, look up why the word Anglophilia is capitalized.)
Have a great week, y’all.