We humans have dozens of expressions referencing the canine community. We’re tempted to apologize to the dog species for some of the expressions that convey a less-than-positive meaning (i.e., when we refer to a man as “a dog!” we’re not exactly paying a compliment). But then again, for all we know half of our dogs’ barking may reference us, perhaps not in a positive light:
- You can’t teach an old person new tricks.
- Who let the people out?
- Argh! Human breath!
But before our imagination about canine language gets us into the doghouse, let’s examine some human expressions referencing dogs, what they mean and which breeds might best illustrate the phrases.
Dog Sayings and Expressions