Dog-tired?

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It’s been a long week  (for both of us) and so I started to wonder – where does the term ‘dog-tired’ come from?

Dog-tired is an old English phrase meaning physically tired to the point of exhaustion.   It comes from the tale of Alfred the Great who would send his two sons out with his large group of hunting dogs to chase the dogs down.  The sons (named Athelbrod and Edwin) competed to see who would catch the most dogs and the winner was allowed to sit at Alfred the Great’s right side during dinner.

These chases would leave them ‘dog-tired’.

And since we are both dog-tired tonight…we are heading to bed.

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