SICK AS A DOG
The past two weeks I have been fighting a terrible computer virus. I think I have it licked (huh.. beaten). To celebrate the return of FSF, I thought sick as a dog was fitting.
Meaning: To vomit like a dog
Origins: "Sick as a dog," which means "extremely sick" and dates to 1705. 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.!
Sources: http://www.word-detective.com/061202.html http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-sic1.htm
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