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41 quizzes and 435 trivia questions.
1.
  Idiomatic Canines    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Gretel is a Shorthaired German Pointer. She is good at sniffing out games and is also interested in words. She has discovered that her canine relatives appear in many common sayings. How many pooches can you find in her word kennel?
Very Easy, 10 Qns, gable, Nov 22 23
Very Easy
gable gold member
Nov 22 23
392 plays
2.
  Cat-ch Phrases   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Based on my love for cats, I thought it would be interesting and fun to create this quiz on catty catch phrases. See how many of them you're familiar with or may have heard before. Enjoy and good luck!
Easier, 15 Qns, Tigress31, Jun 04 17
Easier
Tigress31
12573 plays
3.
  That Proverbial Cat!   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been? Join our proverbial cat, Kitty Kyle, on a ten day World tour discovering proverbs about cats wherever he goes. This comes courtesy of an author challenge by Kyleisalive so I thought he ought to have star billing!
Average, 10 Qns, glendathecat, Sep 30 09
Average
glendathecat
10089 plays
4.
Eating Crow
  Eating Crow   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
A quiz on bird-related idioms, proverbs and sayings.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Christinap, Jun 29 23
Very Easy
Christinap
Jun 29 23
2999 plays
5.
  The Human Zoo    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We are all human animals. Let's see if you can get all the common labels we put on people! Have fun!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, AISS, Jan 12 23
Very Easy
AISS
Jan 12 23
19922 plays
6.
  Proverbs About Animals   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Here are some proverbs from around the world which mention various animals. Can you work out which animal fits the space? Not all of them are as well known as those used in everyday English, but shouldn't be impossible to work out.
Easier, 10 Qns, rossian, Apr 08 22
Easier
rossian editor
Apr 08 22
650 plays
7.
  A Cat May Look at a King   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In this quiz, written for Commission Number 47, we will be examining some idioms concerning cats. Don't let the cat get your tongue, let's cat-apult you into the cat-chphrases...
Tough, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Mar 30 18
Tough
1nn1 gold member
Mar 30 18
3026 plays
8.
  Animals Gone Missing   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
These animals have wandered off from their regular habitats. Can you figure out where they can be found idiomatically? Eg: Bats = Belfry
Very Easy, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Apr 11 19
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11
Very Easy
zorba_scank gold member
Apr 11 19
1144 plays
9.
  Animal Talk 2   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Animal Talk 2 is a second quiz that challenges you with expressions and idioms that have animal related words in them. We owe a lot to the animals around us! What would we be saying otherwise?
Easier, 10 Qns, SP44000, Jul 22 09
Easier
SP44000
4385 plays
10.
  Proverbially Meowing...   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
As a follow up to my "Proverbially Barking" quiz, I realised afterwards that I had been a little unfair toward our feline friends, who also happen to have a lot of proverbs and idioms revolving around them. So here's my quiz on cats!
Easier, 20 Qns, thegogga, Jul 02 21
Easier
thegogga
Jul 02 21
5227 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What does it mean if something is described as being "the cat's pyjamas"?

From Quiz "Proverbially Meowing..."




11.
  Horses for Courses - Idiomatically Speaking!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about the idiomatic use of the word 'horse'! Can you pick the correct 'horsey' phrase from the meaning given? All multiple choice.
Easier, 10 Qns, Engadine, Oct 24 18
Easier
Engadine
Oct 24 18
7995 plays
12.
  Swimming with Sharks   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Idioms based on fish and other marine creatures.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Jul 21 20
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10
Very Easy
zorba_scank gold member
Jul 21 20
801 plays
13.
  Proverbially Barking...   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
I noticed the other day that we use a HECK of a lot of idioms and proverbs with dogs in them... So, I figured I'd make a quiz on it. Enjoy!
Easier, 15 Qns, thegogga, Jan 13 17
Easier
thegogga
5243 plays
14.
  The Year of the Sheep   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Although animal idioms are pretty common in everyday speech, who knew so many of them involved sheep? More to the point, how many can you answer correctly? Let's play and find out.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, poshprice, Mar 31 18
Very Easy
poshprice
Mar 31 18
2070 plays
15.
  That's One For the Birds   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you match these bird-related idioms with the people or concepts associated with them? Have fun!
Easier, 10 Qns, Creedy, Oct 28 17
Easier
Creedy gold member
Oct 28 17
1456 plays
16.
  The Bird is the Word   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 15 Qns
What bird are you? Latest research shows that "bird brained" may be a compliment. Our fine feathered friends often stand in for people, actions, things or even emotional states. Match them up.
Very Easy, 15 Qns, Nealzineatser, Jan 18 18
Very Easy
Nealzineatser gold member
Jan 18 18
876 plays
17.
  The Ultimate The Proverbial Cat Quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I noticed that this section covers plenty of horses and dogs, but I'm a cat person! I want to see more cats! Well, here are a few...
Easier, 10 Qns, ragiel, May 02 23
Easier
ragiel
May 02 23
4286 plays
18.
  Animal Talk 3   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some are nouns, some are verbs, and some are adjectives, but they are all animal-related words and expressions. See what you know in this third installment of "Animal Talk". All multiple choice.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, SP44000, Jun 26 17
Very Easy
SP44000
2677 plays
19.
  Similes Referring to Animals    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
English traditionally links certain qualities with specific animals. However busy a cow may be grazing in the meadows, it's the bee which we have chosen to call 'busy'. See if you have still in mind all those traditional similes.
Easier, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Aug 18 18
Easier
flem-ish
Aug 18 18
6994 plays
20.
  A Prayer and a Wing   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten animal idioms, some well-known, some not so well-known. In this quiz, all are related to flying creatures. Test your knowledge and see how many you can guess!
Easier, 10 Qns, Jennifer5, May 02 17
Easier
Jennifer5 gold member
1802 plays
21.
  Flying Creatures Idiomatically   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Fit in the birds and other flying creatures correctly to form well known idioms and phrases.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Jul 16 16
Recommended for grades: 5,6,7
Very Easy
zorba_scank gold member
964 plays
22.
  It's A Dog's Life - Idiomatically Speaking    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about the idiomatic use of the word 'dog'! Can you finish the 'doggy' phrase by picking the right word from the multiple choices given?
Average, 10 Qns, Engadine, Dec 05 20
Average
Engadine
Dec 05 20
6993 plays
23.
  Animal Proverbs    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Animals often crop up in proverbs and sayings. Here is a quiz on some of them.
Easier, 10 Qns, Serenesh, Sep 22 18
Easier
Serenesh gold member
Sep 22 18
923 plays
24.
  Idioms Referring To Animals    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many standing expressions and idioms refer to the more 'popular' animals, birds, etc. See which of these you can solve.
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Nov 07 19
Average
flem-ish
Nov 07 19
9394 plays
25.
  Why Keep a Dog and Bark Yourself?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There are so many dog idioms and expressions out there. I'll give you one and you tell me the person most associated with that expression.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Oct 23 18
Average
Joepetz gold member
Oct 23 18
732 plays
26.
  Idioms Referring To Animal Names    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Animals are our closest of kin on the Planet Earth. Surprising how often we refer to them in everyday language. Just check for yourself.
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jul 18 20
Average
flem-ish
Jul 18 20
7028 plays
27.
  Fire in the Hole!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This Fill in the Blank quiz features creatures that dwell in dens or burrows. All you need to do is complete the idiom. Now you've got ants in your pants, don't you?
Easier, 10 Qns, JCSon, Jul 02 17
Easier
JCSon gold member
606 plays
28.
  Sad Pandas   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Although the expression "sad panda" is commonly used, pandas aren't the only animals used in English expressions. Take this quiz to test your knowledge on these. Good luck!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Lpez, Jan 01 20
Very Easy
Lpez gold member
Jan 01 20
1025 plays
29.
  We're Off Like a Herd of Turtles   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Having grown up on a farm in the rural American South, these are phrases I've heard all my life. Come on in and sit a spell, and see how much you know about animal idioms.
Easier, 10 Qns, arthurdent001, Jun 06 14
Easier
arthurdent001
1001 plays
30.
  People Personalities and Animals    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What animal would best describe the different personalities of humans?
Average, 10 Qns, qtmelba, Jan 25 20
Average
qtmelba
Jan 25 20
4615 plays
31.
  Take this The Proverbial Cat Quiz   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There are many proverbs, sayings and quotes about cats. How many can you identify? (My source, for the most part, is 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable'.)
Difficult, 10 Qns, Cymruambyth, Sep 10 16
Difficult
Cymruambyth gold member
2668 plays
32.
  Catopedia: Cat proverbs and sayings   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Owning cats has its problems. No two cats are the same. But the overall demeanour and traits shared by our 'domesticated darlings' have, over the years, created the basis of some well used sayings and proverbs. Can you guess the missing words?
Easier, 10 Qns, casey317, Jun 27 19
Easier
casey317
Jun 27 19
1907 plays
33.
  Animal Talk 1    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Animals are an important part of our lives AND our vocabulary. See what you know about these animal-related words and expressions.
Average, 10 Qns, SP44000, Mar 07 19
Average
SP44000
Mar 07 19
3270 plays
34.
  Overfishing - A Real Can of Worms   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This title is an author challenge from the man himself, Terry no less. No pressure, then. The quiz is about fish, worms and insects which appear in proverbs and sayings. Good luck.
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Nov 04 09
Average
rossian editor
886 plays
35.
  Not an ordinary quiz on animal idioms!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Have you ever been 'dog tired'? I've given some animal idioms with amazing and fun facts, instead of the idioms' origins. (Most sayings typical to U.S.) Have fun!
Easier, 10 Qns, oh-Kay, Nov 22 23
Easier
oh-Kay
Nov 22 23
2011 plays
36.
  That Bird's Trying To Tell Me Something    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
No, this quiz is not about the flirtatious signals the girl across the bar may be sending you, but instead assesses your knowledge of the symbolism and characteristics attributed to wild birds. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, doublemm, Jul 01 10
Average
doublemm gold member
665 plays
37.
  What's That You Said?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about animals used in common proverbs, phrases or sayings. I've selected phrases and sayings that I expect most people have encountered.
Easier, 10 Qns, shuttlemania, Dec 15 14
Easier
shuttlemania
868 plays
38.
  Dog Words   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All of these words and phrases have an origin that has something to do with dogs.
Tough, 10 Qns, crisw, Aug 29 21
Tough
crisw gold member
Aug 29 21
3935 plays
39.
  Rare as Hen's Teeth    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Animals have long held a place in humanity's figures of speech. Here then, are ten of them for your quizzing pleasure!
Easier, 10 Qns, NovaLuna, Sep 04 13
Easier
NovaLuna
1070 plays
40.
  You can lead a horse to water but...    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him take a Fun Trivia Quiz. For a start his hooves are too big to hit the right key. And where did a horse ever learn to read? Probably best if you ask him to stamp once for A, twice for B and so on.
Easier, 10 Qns, teflon_kid, Jun 05 11
Easier
teflon_kid
1134 plays
41.
  More Animal Proverbs - Which Culture?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are more animal proverbs -- thought 25 was too many questions for one quiz! Your job, once again, is to choose the correct culture of origin.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, ravenskye, Jun 06 23
Very Difficult
ravenskye
Jun 06 23
1545 plays
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Animals in Idiom Trivia Questions

1. What happens if you "let the cat out of the bag"?

From Quiz
Animal Proverbs

Answer: You give away a secret.

It is thought that this phrase originated from the whip called the cat of nine tails. When this was taken out of it's bag it boded badly for someone. It has also been suggested that it relates to a fraud when a pig would be sold and the bag it was put in was switched with one containing only a worthless cat. The earliest documented use of the phrase in the sense of "revealing a secret" comes from a book review in a 1760 issue of "The London Magazine". The reviewer states that "We could have wished that the author had not let the cat out of the bag".

2. To find something by careful searching: ______ out, or Major Frank Burns' nickname on "M*A*S*H*": ______ Face.

From Quiz Fire in the Hole!

Answer: Ferret

"Ferret out" comes from the old hunting practice of using ferrets to drive rabbits, rats, etc. from their hiding places or holes. In this sense, it meant to drive out from a place of hiding. Over time it came to mean to bring to light information, or basically drive it from its hiding place. Major Burns earned the nickname because the others thought his face looked like a ferret and it became a running gag on the show. This question was created by Phoenix Rising member tazman6619.

3. Cats are very popular animals as domestic pets. According to the modern version of the saying, what is said to have "killed the cat"?

From Quiz What's That You Said?

Answer: Curiosity

The saying "Curiosity killed the cat" is thought to have developed from an earlier saying, "Care'll kill a cat", used by Ben Jonson in his play, "Every Man in His Humour", in 1598 and a year later by William Shakespeare in "Much Ado About Nothing".

4. Gretel has heard her master composing some ridiculous short form verse. What is the name of this type of versification which makes Gretel think it was written by a canine?

From Quiz Idiomatic Canines

Answer: Doggerel

Doggerel is a silly rhyming verse without much literary value. The term was originally used by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 13th or 14th century. Humor is usually the primary goal in constructing such rhymes. The meter may be uneven and the author may stretch words to create rhymes. It often appears in children's books or nursery rhymes.

5. What does it mean when someone tells you "That dog won't hunt"?

From Quiz We're Off Like a Herd of Turtles

Answer: Your plan won't work

This expression seems to have originated in the 17th and 18th centuries, when a rooster brought to a cockfight simply wouldn't fight. "That cock won't fight" became a metaphor for a plan or theory that simply wouldn't work. It seems to have naturally evolved into "that dog won't hunt" as the wilds of America were being settled by frontiersmen.

6. What should complete this phrase? "A bird in the hand..."

From Quiz Rare as Hen's Teeth

Answer: is worth two in the bush

Meaning: It is better to be content with what is a surety than to risk everything for an uncertainty.

7. What insect-related idiom is used to describe a film or television documentary viewed from the perspective of an unnoticed observer?

From Quiz A Prayer and a Wing

Answer: fly on the wall

One of the best-known examples of a 'fly on the wall' documentary is the 'Big Brother' franchise, with versions in many countries across the world. The term is also used as an expression as in 'I'd love to be a fly on the wall to be there when...' meaning you would like to observe something secretly while remaining unnoticed.

8. A dog is the best friend of man. But a top dog... not necessarily. Idiomatically, what is a top dog?

From Quiz Sad Pandas

Answer: The most important person of an organization

A "top dog" is usually the boss or highest authority in a company, or the best at something. It is the antonym of "underdog", which means a person who is expected to lose. "Top Dog" was also the name of a 1995 movie starring Chuck Norris, as well as the name of a rapper.

9. Which animal is said to be busy?

From Quiz You can lead a horse to water but...

Answer: Bee

Bees are responsible for much plant pollination but the bee population in several parts of the world is suffering from sudden colony collapse. Not that bats, bears and butterflies are not busy.

10. Although, idiomatically speaking, sheep are known as followers, there are, as always, exceptions to the rule. But what colour makes these wayward dissenters stand out -- idiomatically, that is?

From Quiz The Year of the Sheep

Answer: Black

The phrase, "a black sheep in the family", came about due to the occasional birth of a (literally) black sheep to a white flock. The phrase is also one which has negative connotations, both literally and metaphorically. Idiomatically speaking, a "black sheep" is known as a wayward member of the family, and one who doesn't follow suit. In addition to this, in nineteenth-century England a black sheep was considered to be a sign of the devil. Moreover its wool was far less sellable than white wool, as it could not be dyed.

11. On Day 1, Kitty Kyle flies down to Mexico. Being a cat of tender years, he is not yet versed in the ways of the world, so he misses the point of a saying about a young woman and her more mature partner. Which proverb was this?

From Quiz That Proverbial Cat!

Answer: Old cats like young mice.

Kitty Kyle may have missed out on that one, but he did come across some more Mexican proverbs that made him smile and would like to share them with you: "Corpses and annoying guests stink by the third day." "The devil knows more for being old than for being the devil." "Tell me who you are with and I will tell you who you are." "Breed crows and they will take out your eyes."

12. A goat is a bearded, horned mammal that is related to members of the sheep family, both domesticated and wild. What is a scapegoat?

From Quiz Animal Talk 3

Answer: a person receiving the blame for the wrongdoing of another

The origin of this term is in the Bible. Chapter 16 of the book of Leviticus describes how two goats were selected. One was sacrificed as a sin offering and the other one was presented alive to the Lord for making atonement (making amends). It was then released into the desert, symbolizing the removal of sin and guilt from the Israelite community. "It never failed that Wilson, the youngest of five brothers, was always the scapegoat for any mischief that took place on the farm."

13. It's often true that without supervision people will do as they please. Select the word that completes this well known proverb. "When the cat's away, the _____ will play".

From Quiz Catopedia: Cat proverbs and sayings

Answer: mice

This saying goes back to the 17th century at least. In a play written by Thomas Heywood, circa 1590, ("Woman killed with Kindness") there is a line, "Mum; there's an old prouerbe, when the cat's away, the mouse may play."

14. Which insect is a part of an expression that describes a part of someone's anatomy?

From Quiz Animal Talk 2

Answer: wasp

If someone has a wasp waist it means that they have a very small or narrow waist. Many women would consider this a compliment. "The wasp-waisted waitress could carry much more than one might think."

15. What does it mean if someone is referred to as "a dog in the manger"?

From Quiz Proverbially Barking...

Answer: They have no use for something, but still won't let someone else use it

If someone is referred to as a "dog in the manger," quite bluntly put, it just means they're being selfish. This saying comes from a fable by Aesop, where an ox wanted to eat the food out of a manger, but a dog sitting on top of the manger wouldn't let him, even though he had no use for it either.

16. In Macbeth Act 1, Scene 7, Lady Macbeth says "Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would", like the poor cat i' the adage." What's the adage?

From Quiz The Proverbial Cat

Answer: All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws

The adage Lady Macbeth refers to is an old Chinese proverb that had become well known in Shakespeare's day - it was probably brought back from China by Marco Polo, and spread through Europe. It's a lovely instance of anachronism, because 'Macbeth' is set in the 11th century and Marco didn't go to China until the 13th century - 1271, in fact. A side serving of trivia: Macbeth was a real person, and he did indeed overthrow Duncan to gain the throne of Scotland. However, it should be noted that Duncan was not the nice person Shakespeare made him out to be - he was a tyrant - and Macbeth was not the vacillating catspaw of an ambitious wife. In fact, after the overthrow of Duncan, Macbeth was elected king by the Scottish nobles and reigned for 17 years.

17. It's ______ cats and dogs.

From Quiz It's A Dog's Life - Idiomatically Speaking

Answer: raining

This expression means it's raining very heavily. It is believed to come from Norse mythology, in which the dog is associated with wind and the cat with storms.

18. To perform a series of tasks in the wrong order is to do what?

From Quiz Horses for Courses - Idiomatically Speaking!

Answer: Put the cart before the horse

If you decide what to wear before you've even been invited to a party you could be accused of putting the cart before the horse, don't you agree?

19. When your eyesight is getting awfully weak, you have become as blind as a _________

From Quiz Idioms Referring To Animal Names

Answer: bat

Rats are certainly not blind. Moles may be near-blind in their underground residences, and in some languages "blind as a mole" is a common idiom, but not in English. Hedge-hogs may not be the most far-sighted among animals, but to call them blind would be an error.

20. What animal has a very unpleasant and unhappy life, if we are to believe the English language?

From Quiz Idioms Referring To Animals

Answer: dog

'A dog's life'. Being dressed up like 'a dog's dinner' is not too nice either. Neither is 'a dog's breakfast'.

21. How cross can we be ?

From Quiz Similes Referring to Animals

Answer: As a bear

Especially bears with sore heads can be VERY cross. Well better don't show a red rag to a bull and remember once bitten always angry is the elephant's motto. Porcupines... well it's not easy to have any dealings with them. Their quills always prick and hurt, whether they are sore or not.

22. What do you call someone who is sneaky and often dishonest?

From Quiz The Human Zoo

Answer: weasel

Weasels always steal the beer!

23. When you are told that someone has "bats in their belfry", what does it mean?

From Quiz Animal Proverbs

Answer: He's crazy.

A belfry is a bell or clock tower. The person's head is represented as the belfry and the implication is that the head is so empty that bats are flying around inside it. In other words, he is a crazy person. The expression was first heard in America at the beginning of 20th century. In October 1900 "The Daily Newark Advocate" newspaper said that "These purile and senseless attacks on Hon. John W. Cassingham are akin to the vaporings of the fellow with a large flock of bats in his belfry",and in July 1907 Ambrose Bierce wrote in "Cosmopolitan Magazine" describing it as a new curiosity and said that "he was especially charmed with the term bats in the belfry and would substitute it for Possessed of the Devil", which is the scriptural way of saying that someone is crazy.

24. Please identify the missing creature that completes this phrase: "Looking like a drowned ______".

From Quiz Fire in the Hole!

Answer: Rat

The saying is used to describe someone who is drenched to the bone or soaking wet. For example, "He was caught in the storm and came inside looking like a drowned rat". Dictionary.com advises that the saying first appeared in Latin nearly two thousand years ago. There are many varieties of rats and, as a result, they are likely to inhabit a wide range of habitats. Rat species, however, are either terrestrial or arboreal in nature. It is not uncommon to find them living in burrows. This question was prepared by Phoenix Rising member pollucci19.

25. A sourpuss is someone with an habitually sullen, cranky or gloomy expression. In this usage, what is a synonym for "puss"?

From Quiz A Cat May Look at a King

Answer: Face

This term is probably derived from the Old English word "buss" which means face, especially the lips. Over the years, the word began to be pronounced as "puss", (also a Scottish word meaning face), thereby associating it with a cat but with no real connection to a feline. An informal synonym is the word "picklepuss".

26. As stated in an oft quoted saying, which animal is considered to be "A man's best friend"?

From Quiz What's That You Said?

Answer: Dog

The saying refers to the loyalty and companionship that many dogs share with their owners. Although cats and other domesticated animals can give companionship, they don't typically show the same sense of loyalty as dogs. The popularity of dogs as pets has increased enormously in the last century. According to the American Kennel Club, there are more pet dogs in the USA than there are people in Britain.

27. Gretel lives in a warm climate. Her master, however, keeps her inside in the middle of the day. Which nationality has she heard will go out in the noonday sun with mad dogs?

From Quiz Idiomatic Canines

Answer: Englishmen

This phrase originated during the British colonization of India. In the hot sticky weather natives of India stayed in their homes, but saw the Brits going about their business come what may. The phrase took on a broader meaning, pointing to individuals who appeared to act without much common sense. Noel Coward also wrote a song with this phrase in the lyrics.

28. Likely the only time you'll appreciate your child being compared to an insect is when you hear what phrase?

From Quiz We're Off Like a Herd of Turtles

Answer: Cute as a bug's ear!

While I've never seen a bug's ear firsthand, I figure they must be awfully cute to have spawned this phrase. Others along the same vein include "as purty as a speckled pup under a red wagon", "as purty as a spotted horse in a daisy pasture" and "cute as a sack full of puppies".

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