Definitions

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  • proper n. depression

Etymologies

A personification. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What was more, said that amazing man, he did not intend to relinquish supervision of sewers and water supply after he stepped down from office; as long as he lived, Marcus Agrippa would be hunched like a black dog outside the premises of the water companies and the drainage companies, which for far too long had tyrannized over Rome.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Myron sat next to him and whispered, "The white rabbit turns yellow when the black dog urinates on him."

    Drop Shot

  • A little black dog with bright brown eyes dashed out of the farm-house and ran madly toward the shaggy man, who had already picked up three apples and put them in one of the big wide pockets of his shaggy coat.

    Love Letters

  • He changed into a wolf, and the other one changed into a dog—a big black dog I had seen before, Mother Bess, and taken for the grim.

    My Demon's Kiss

  • I fumble frantically for the door handle, but before I have time to dive back into the safety of the van, the biggest of the group—a giant black dog that is definitely not a member of the American Kennel Association—takes a running leap and knocks me flat on my back in the dirt.

    Disenchanted Princess

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  • I think that Dr. John does as well!

    October 10, 2007

  • Tanglefoot does a song called Loup Garou. That's the first I ever heard of it (coupla two-three years ago).

    October 10, 2007

  • Oooh - another figment - I like the picture:)

    October 3, 2007

  • Creepy. However it's spelled, it sounds like a cousin to the Jersey Devil.

    October 3, 2007

  • Mm, yeah. That would be the rougarou, if she was down thattaway...

    October 3, 2007

  • C_b, maybe you saw the Loup Garou...

    How close were you to Louisiana?

    October 3, 2007

  • Point!

    October 3, 2007

  • I would be. But I'll bet chained_bear wouldn't. ;-)

    October 3, 2007

  • You'd be amazed what you find in Mississippi.

    October 3, 2007

  • Hmm. Must have been rural Mississippi, then.

    October 3, 2007

  • Nah. This one was huge and had glowing eyes. Mine is small and... well, has glowing eyes.

    October 3, 2007

  • Are you sure it wasn't this dog?

    October 3, 2007

  • Thanks colleen. Why didn't I think of searching the Internet? *smacks forehead*

    BTW, I saw one once. But I think it was a hallucination from lack of sleep and/or rural Mississippi.

    Don't ask.

    October 3, 2007

  • Sherlock Holmes. I need to read those again.

    October 2, 2007

  • You're right, John. That is a horribly named site. But this is a very interesting (and I think apt) expression to describe depression.

    I didn't mean to rhyme there. It just happened.

    October 2, 2007

  • It's just a death portent, like the "Hound of the Baskervilles." Sometimes just seeing it is enough, sometimes it, pun intentded, dogs you a bit before you die.

    wiki entry, which covers most of the bases.

    October 2, 2007

  • I think there's quite a bit of folk legend in England surrounding black dogs as apparitions or haunting figures. I wonder if that's where Mr. Churchill came up with the phrase--which does appropriately describe depression, if you ask me. I wish I remembered more about the legends to explain them properly. Perhaps someone else more knowledgeable will pipe up.

    October 2, 2007

  • Slang, generally British, for depression. Winston Churchill referred to his depression as his "black dog," but according to this horribly named site the term predates his use.

    October 2, 2007