Dog Weather

When it’s raining heavily and the weather is particularly unpleasant, it is known as hondenweer [ˈɦɔn.də(n)ˌʋeːr] (“dog weather”) in Dutch, as you would only go out in it if you had to walk your dog.

Walking in the Rain

This is a phrase I learnt last week from a Dutch friend. According to Wiktionary it means “particularly bad or rough weather, the kind of weather when it is raining cats and dogs”.

The equivalent in French is temps de chien [tɑ̃ də ʃjɛ̃] (“dog weather”), which refers to filthy, dreadful or awful weather [source].

If the weather is even worse, you might say that it’s weer om geen hond door te sturen (“weather through which not to send any dog”) [source]. There is an equivalent in English: I wouldn’t send a dog out in this.

Are there any interesting dog-related expressions in other languages?

4 thoughts on “Dog Weather

  1. I believe in Canadian French an expression for “dusk” is “entre chien et loup” or “between dog and wolf”.

  2. Huntzvada /’hʊnts.va.da/ (dog weather) in Plautdietsch

    Reminds me of “raining cats and dogs in English

  3. In French and of pedantic interest (the kind of thing that gives French the reputation of being tricky)- une chienne de vie (an awful life); but une vie de chien (an awful life). The dog in question changes sex but life is equally bad whatever. French existential angst.

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