Dog Blog 0.4 – Hair of the Dog

Phoebe Rozalsina What's New?

I love English sayings, but what do they mean?

After the weekend I’ve had, the last thing I want to think about is a ‘Hair of the Dog’ (another drink!). My Grandma, Lynda Alsina, suggested it to me on Sunday…. which got me thinking, what does ‘hair of the dog’ actually mean?

Well after a lot of Google searching, I’ve found out. The expression originally referred to a method of treatment of a rabid dog bite by placing hair from the dog that bit you in the bite wound.

In Scotland it is a popular belief that a few hairs of the dog that bit you applied to the wound will prevent evil consequences. Applied to drinks, it means, if overnight you have indulged too freely, take a glass of the same wine within 24 hours to soothe the nerves. ‘If this dog do you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail the next day.’

Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898)

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