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It’s raining cats and dogs

It’s been raining since last night here and the long-range forecast is that it will continue for the next few days.  And so that has gotten me thinking – what is the origin of the saying It’s raining cats and dogs?

On the face of it, this phrase just doesn’t make sense.  Some say that it comes from the days when all the animals in the household were kept in the rafters of the thatch-roofed cottages.  When it really rained heavily, the animals would fall out…

What does the Library of Congress say about this phrase (including de-bunking of the thatched roof theory)?

Read here for a well-referenced look at the origin of It’s raining cats and dogs