Over my dead body little black bitch

What’s that story about a “Black Dog” again?

I had to unlearn the source of this metaphor whilst planning this post. The phrase “Black Dog” is most famously attributed to Winston Churchills description of his lifelong bouts with his depression. I discovered that this term was used by Victorian nannies in the 1700’s who called the dark moods of the children they cared for “Black Dogs”.