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This week I came across the expression Barker's egg. Do you know these two markers eggs? Oh, this has got a flavor to it. Does it? This has a slangy flavor to it. It does have a slangy flake. Barker's egg. This is saying, it's a dog related thing. Parker. Yeah. When I first saw it, I thought Barker's egg will that must be from a specific bird, you know, bark or such and such and the egg is a special egg, but no a Barker's egg in Australia is when you're taking your dog for a walk and you have that little plastic bag. Pick up the Barker's egg. The doggy doo that you pick up, right? That's right. And we are picking up right where we left off. In this special edition of a way with words, the show about language and how we use it. I'm Martha Barnett. And I'm grant Barrett. Today we're looking back at some calls about critters. One of our youngest listeners asked about us saying that you may have wondered about two. My name's Edie from Texas and can you please tell me whether it's afraid it's raining passes off come from? Where are the phrase it's raining cats and dogs come from? Where did you come across that that made you think about this? It was a rainy day and I was watching The Rain come down

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