Raining cats and dogs. And crocodiles.

It’s raining cats and dogs right now, so I’m staying in tonight. Native English speakers, do you ever use this expression? Raining cats and dogs? I’ve learned it in middle school, but I’ve never actually heard anyone use it.

Talking about it, here’s my dog. Hello, Greger!
Doesn’t he look a lot like a crocodile today?

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7 Responses to Raining cats and dogs. And crocodiles.

  1. Patricia says:

    LoL! :) Greger makes me laugh no matter what! =oD And, I use it on occasion. I do really wonder where/how the expression came to be though, don’t you? It rained like that yesterday, but today it’s sunny and about 60 degrees. ;)

  2. Jennifer says:

    I’m English and in my 26 years, I’ve never heard another English person say that phrase! The only time it’s been used is when I used to teach English to foregin students and they always used to say it and get very disheartened when they realised native speakers don’t use it. We simply say heavy rain!

  3. Mads says:

    I have used it a few times. I heard something funny the other day:
    “It’s raining cats and dogs…I just stepped in a poodle!”
    haha

  4. Laura C. says:

    I’ve been living in the U.S. for two years and have never heard anyone say it. I learned it in school back home but that was it! :-)

  5. Ann says:

    yes…i am a native english speaker in the US. I live in Seattle. It is very rainy. We use this expression. We also used it when i was growing up in Chicago.

  6. Use it all the time…well, not ALL the time but often enough.
    -Jordana

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