Everyone ready for the return of Hell on Wheels this weekend?
Here’s some interesting trivia. In a recent episode, Durant referred to depression as “the black dog.” I thought immediately it was an anachronism, since most people associate the phrase with Winston Churchill. However, a little research turned up some fascinating stuff.
It turns out that “black dog” as a metaphor for depression goes back a long way. The article linked above has it listed as a “common saying” in 1864. A century earlier, Samuel Johnson used it in correspondence, starting in 1776. The story is far more interesting than this, so read the whole thing.