Many of you already know that I have a passion to study English idioms. This passion is so evident that a reader sent me a book about idioms dubbed, “Websters’s New World: American Idioms Handbook”. I have it as a reference book next to my computer desk. It is a rather thick book full of juicy linguistic information about this interesting subject.
For today’s blog post, I have selected the idiom “The hair of the dog that bit you”.
This peculiar expression is used to refer to a remedy that contains a small amount of whatever caused the ailment, such as a drink of liquor to relieve a hangover. The phrase reflects an ancient practice of putting a piece of dog’s hair, sometimes cooked into an ointment, over a dog-bite wound to help prevent infection.
And now you know another American idiom. Good Day!