Phrase of The Week


Welcome to ‘phrase of the week’, where we look at the origins of phrases and how some of them, after hundreds of years, still have a common place in our vocabularies. 


Quite befitting the potential Sunday headache some people may be sporting, today we look at the origin of the phrase ‘hair of the dog’. 

Oxford dictionaries’ article about the phrase confirms that it originally derives from the phrase ‘a hair of the dog that bit you’. A rather concerning old belief that one could cure rabies if bitten by a rabid dog, simply by adding some of its hair to a special potion and consuming it. Modern science and medicine probably doesn’t support that theory. We don’t recommend you try it. 

Maybe some Berocca? 




Model: Odin, The Lazy St Bernard