It has been raining cats and dogs in Sarasota today and so I can’t resist telling you about the quoted history of this well-worn phrase, colorful but wrong (e.g. it comes from mythology or from the French word “catadoupe” meaning waterfall). The most likely origin is from seventeenth century England. During heavy rains dead cats and dogs would get washed into the street. Talk about a wild origin for a phase we use today more than three centuries later, no? If we were in England in the seventeenth century, people might well nod in agreement that heavy rains can bring “Drown’d Puppies, stinking Sprats, all drench’d in Mud, Dead Cats and Turnip-Tops.” (a line from a Jonathan Swift poem acknowledging such events). Glad all we…