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When people can never agree, you might say that they "fight like cats and dogs." This, and many other sayings, or proverbs, are medieval in origin, and guessing proverbs from illustrated versions of them was a popular form of entertainment. Since proverbs were often based on analogies or even nonsense, they provided the artist with a chance to create clever and humorous scenes, like the cartoonish cat and dog snarling at each other here.

When people can never agree, you might say that they “fight like cats and dogs.” This, and many other sayings, or proverbs, are medieval in origin, and guessing proverbs from illustrated versions of them was a popular form of entertainment. Since proverbs were often based on analogies or even nonsense, they provided the artist with a chance to create clever and humorous scenes, like the cartoonish cat and dog snarling at each other here.

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