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It’s raining cats and dogs

Yesterday, at English class (ESOL level 3), the teacher told us we can say “It’s raining cats and dogs” if it’s raining heavily. She didn’t know why they use this saying here in Scotland, so I checked on internet.

In the 16th Century, houses had thatched roofs. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals lived in the roof. When it rained heavily it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof – hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs”.

I don’t know if it’s really true, but I like the explanation.

I will put in each article about ESOL a picture taken here, because Scotland is a wonderful country, which you deserve to see at least through my eyes: Edinburgh, Scott Monument.

Scott Monument

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