Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Is it proverb or something like that : )

  1. #1
    Подающий надежды оратор
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    22
    Rep Power
    6

    Is it proverb or something like that : )

    I was reading a book and just ran across a phrase saying "I feel like a mongrel dog in July, only it´s October." What the author means by saying this? And is it okay to chage the word "only" with "but"?

    Thank you for any help.

  2. #2
    OOH
    OOH is offline
    Новичок OOH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    4
    Rep Power
    0
    This probably has something to do with the English phrase "Dog Days of summer". Dog Days are the hottest days of summer that begin in, you guessed it, July (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). They are called Dog Days because people believe the proximity of the star Sirius (the Dog Star) at this time was responsible for the hot weather.

    Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

    Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, Quinto raged in anger, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies" according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813. [1]
    Dog Days - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Therefore, to "Feel like a mongrel dog in July" means to feel antsy or riled up... generally just to be in a bad mood.

    Hope that helps. Some more context from the text would have helped to find out the precise meaning.

Similar Threads

  1. Proverb Discussion
    By rockzmom in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: September 7th, 2010, 11:16 PM
  2. Possible proverb
    By PhrygianFire in forum Translate This!
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: January 22nd, 2009, 07:42 AM
  3. a proverb...
    By Lt. Columbo in forum Translate This!
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: April 30th, 2008, 10:19 PM
  4. proverb
    By Lt. Columbo in forum Translate This!
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: April 7th, 2008, 09:46 PM
  5. Russian proverb
    By jurban in forum Translate This!
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: February 19th, 2004, 01:41 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Russian Lessons                           

Russian Tests and Quizzes            

Russian Vocabulary