No, this is pure coincidence that we scheduled this particular phrase for today.
Just so you know.
So where does the phrase "hair of the dog" come from?
|okay so technically this is Maxie's hair, but you get the idea...!|
We get closer to its meaning with the complete saying, "hair of the dog that bit you".
But experts argue the origin of the phrase.
The website Straight Dope suggests it began in Roman times, when it was believed that the best remedy for a dog bite was to salve the wound with the burnt hair of the same dog.
They offer as proof to substantiate this claim a common Roman saying, that similia similibus curantur, or "like cures like."
However, the popular UK website, phrases.org, tells us that the first known reference to this saying was written by John Heywood in 1546:
I pray thee let me and my fellow have
A hair of the dog that bit us last night -
And bitten were we both to the brain aright.
We saw each other drunk in the good ale glass.
Phrases.org points out that "'The hair of the dog' is unusual in that the figurative version is recorded before any known examples of the literal meaning. '
The first literal use of the phrase doesn't appear in print until 1760, in a book by Robert James, entitled A Treatise on Canine Madness: "The hair of the dog that gave the wound is advised as an application to the part injured."
Interestingly, James isn't a fan of the treatment. He recommends another popular remedy of the time - using the ashes of river crabs.
Eww. If it's all the same, we'll pass.