Frog in your throat
origin of the phrase: got a frog in your throat
The amphibian's name comes from the Old English, "frogga." I haven't been able to verify this, but I have some references which indicate that "frogga" meant "hoarseness," but that does little to close the explanatory gap between the amphibian and the condition, though speculative connections abound -- from the shared sliminess of the creature and of phlegm to the prominant throats of some breeds, the sounds made be a sore throat and by frogs, the ancient folk medicine diagnosis of tiny frogs infecting/infesting one's throat, etc.
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