There are two big games being played on Super Sunday, February 5. For football fans, there’s the Falcons and the Patriots. And for puppy fans, Animal Planet presents Puppy Bowl XIII. Team Ruff tangles with Team Fluff for all the marbles. Or all the dog bones.
Many dog references have made their way into everyday speech. For example, when it seems as though everyone is out for themselves, it’s a “dog eat dog” world out there. When you’re sitting on a Kansas front porch in the middle of a 100 degree August afternoon with a cold glass of lemonade, you’re in the “dog days of summer.”
Here is a list of some of the more pup-ular dog terms in use today. You can also check out our “The Hair of the Dog: 9 Dog Idioms with Real Bite” slideshow!
In The Dog House
If you happen to be in the doghouse, you’re in trouble, and someone’s going to give you the silent treatment for an unspecified period. Husbands are known to inhabit these after forgetting Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries.
Double Dog Dare Ya
You’re raising the stakes if you double dog dare someone. Upping the ante, if you will. The standard, rather pedestrian “I dare ya” escalates to “I double dog dare ya.” You can take it even further, as we see every Christmas Day when TBS runs A Christmas Story. This would be the top level nuclear option.
Bite The Hand That Feeds You
When you bite the hand that feeds you, that implies that you are acting in a negative fashion towards someone who has helped you in some manner. In reality, it seems unlikely that a dog would actually bite someone feeding it, since you’re providing them with a positive, pleasurable experience.
The Dog Ate My Homework
The dog ate my homework is one that seems unlikely in this day and age of students doing their reports on a computer. “The dog ate my Mac” just doesn’t fly. This old chestnut was used as an excuse for not doing the book report that was assigned weeks ago.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
This expression is one of the great clichés of all time. We define the phrase thusly: “to refrain from action that would alter an existing situation for fear of causing greater problems or complexities.” Translation: if something is a problem, but it hasn’t really acted like a problem in a long time or given anyone any hassles, it’s a sleeping dog. Just leave it be and don’t think about it. Move along, nothing to see here.
Eat Your Own Dogfood
The term eat your own dogfood is also referred to as dogfooding. It’s a term used to describe when a tech company tests its own code and products internally. “Google dogfooded Google Drive before releasing it as a beta.”
Raining Cats And Dogs
You don’t need the Weather Channel to know when it’s raining cats and dogs. It’s really comin’ down out there, people.
His Bark Is Worse Than His Bite
The expression his bark is worse than his bite means that someone is basically full of hot air and bluster. He might yell at you a lot but that’s the extent of it. Just a lot of posturing.
Have we left any of your favorite terms out? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter! The Puppy Bowl’s “Tail”-gate show (credit where credit is due, Sports Illustrated thought of that one) begins at 2pm EST, and then Puppy Bowl XIII follows at 3pm EST.