Who is on what "dog ate? On the origin of idiom

Who is on what "dog ate? On the origin of idiom The expression "eat dog" on something means experienced in some sort of business person, expert, master. Potebnya believes that it formed a pillar of rural life in which one of the hardest lessons considered mowing: mowing only a few know how, whoever it learned to cope with their work relatively quickly. Inexperienced same people in this job feel a hunger that seems to be able to eat a dog. "

In Russian folklore there is such a venerable bike. Young chopper accompanied by the faithful dog set out at dawn in the field, and from the head farmer with a wagon merrily demanded that quickly turned the cart, and then he say, jump through it.

 Who is on what "dog ate? On the origin of idiom AA Potebnya
 And while the young man was a bulky bag. Asked what a burden, said that the cakes there. At another: "And where are you so much?" Said that if the stay, the dog fed. In the evening they met again, and the mower plaintively asked to clear the rope, because he lacked the power to cross over it.

- Where's the pie? - Asked the curious farmer.
- Ate.
- A dog where?
- And a dog ate a famine prevailed ... But all the field mowed, now a scientist.

And she, a dog, with the beginning of the Christian era was considered an unclean animal, so that not only consumed but also in the house let her not supposed to, how much the most terrible storm breaks out in the yard ... Incidentally, this is what is meant in saying "in such weather dog owner of the house, never fear."

 Who is on what "dog ate? On the origin of idiom SV Maksimov
 References cited by S. Maximov, many doubts, and in both of his account. One of them relates to the expression of embarrassment that occurred at a wedding with some petrozavodtsami allegedly almost ate soup sobachatiny and became a laughingstock. Another and completely explains the features of speech idiom church sextons, not all, of course, but those who "otlaival" service to quickly escape.

B. Dahl reminds us that there was a saying: "the dog ate it, and choked on its tail", meaning that in that people with difficult to cope, and trifle stumbled. A Latin proverb similar content «Linguam caninam comedit», translated as "language dog ate", describes the situation immense verbiage.

 Who is on what "dog ate? On the origin of idiom B. Dahl
 Finally, leafing through the phrasebook, you can find an interpretation under which this expression has ancient roots of Indian origin, and is connected with a ritual in those days, gambling (in the Rigveda is devoted to her special anthem). Since the "dog" in this action is called a bad shot player, "killed" (or "who ate"), it was, however, fortunate. Mahabharata describes the sad story of a prince, who is on the "dog" got burned, losing in the bones and the kingdom, and even his wife.