This is where the dog is buried - the origins and history of expression

History of Expression This is where the dog is buried has its roots in medieval Europe. The Austrian Archduke Sigismund took his beloved dog on all trips. And not in vain, once, on the way to the Netherlands, the dog saved the owner from death at the cost of his life. The grateful duke solemnly buried his four-legged friend and erected a monument on his grave, which stood for more than two centuries - until the beginning of the 19th century.

Later, the dog monument could be found by tourists only with the help of local residents. At that time the saying "That's where the dog is buried!" Was born, which now has the meaning: "I found what I was looking for", "I got to the bottom of it."

By the way, the small German town of Waltershausen, where there is a monument to the buried dog, also claims the homeland of the phrase. According to legend, more than a hundred years ago, a local pastor discovered a dog's grave in a local cemetery and reburied the animal in a local park. At this place, there is now a stone memorial tablet with a description of this story. Local residents are sure that the phrase "This is where the dog is buried!" originated from their city.

But there is an older and no less probable source of the proverb that has come down to us. When the Greeks decided to give the Persian king Xerxes a battle at sea, they put old men, women and children on ships in advance and transported them to the island of Salamis.

They say that a dog belonging to Xantippus, Pericles' father, did not want to part with its owner, jumped into the sea and swam, following the ship, to Salamis. Exhausted from fatigue, she died immediately.

According to the ancient historian Plutarch, this dog was placed on the coast of the island of Kinosemu - a dog monument, which was shown to curious people for a very long time.

Some German linguists believe that this expression was created by treasure hunters who, out of superstitious fear of evil spirits, allegedly guarding each treasure, did not dare to directly mention the purpose of their searches and conditionally began to talk about the "black dog" and the dog, meaning by this trait and treasure ...

Thus, according to this version, the expression "This is where the dog is buried" meant: "This is where the treasure is buried."