Barking Up the Wrong Tree...

@kykidd (6820)
United States
February 1, 2008 4:03pm CST
Ever wonder where this expression came from. I thought it was pretty interesting, because I have heard this expression used a many of times although I had never given thought about it's origination. Here's the answer.... When hunting dogs would bark at the bottom of a tree they mistakenly thought their prey was hiding, hence "barking up the wrong tree". That was way too easy. Wonder why I never thought of that.
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• United States
1 Feb 08
that one was to easy :)) I have a discussion going about Sayings that are hard to translate into other languages. Some of the posters brought to the table some interesting ones. I had a lot of fun with it. I find it so interesting too how some sayings from other countries and cultures even get convoluted when translated into English.
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@kykidd (6820)
• United States
1 Feb 08
The United States has such a large number of cultures blended in with it. Not only today, but all the way back to when it was originally discovered. I think that is one of the great things about this country.
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• United States
1 Feb 08
I have used that saying plenty of times especially around my step brother. I would have a guy over and my step brother being who he is would get all flush and start to flirt and I would have to tell him he is barking up the wrong tree. To see the meaning now it is rather funny that it could be that simple.
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@kykidd (6820)
• United States
1 Feb 08
It is amazing how simple things like this get started and we use or here the expression all the time, yet how often is it that we wonder where the expression came from.
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• United States
1 Feb 08
A very simple answer. And the saying stuck being used in other way. That is interesting. I like to see the origin of where sayings come from.
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@kykidd (6820)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I find these pretty interesting also, even though I don't get a chance to peruse material like this very often. Thanks for posting and have a great day!
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• United States
1 Feb 08
You have a great day also. I like when a discussion is posted like this. To me it is interesting to find out where a saying has it's origin from. This is Friday and I am off of work due to the snow. So have a great week end.
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