Raining cats and dogs

Denny: Does anyone know the origin of the expression: "raining cats and dogs"?

Doug: This one harks back to ancient Germanic mythology. The cats are a symbol of the rain and the dogs symbolise the wind. So therefore any storm with a lot of heavy rain and strong gusting wind is said to be raining cats and dogs.

Dan: It started in the Middle Ages in Europe when the plague hit. People were so busy burying people they let the cats and dogs lay. When the next heavy rain came, the dead animals would come washing down the street. Hence the expression "raining cats and dogs".

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