Why is "what does the fox say" a common expression in English?
Why is fox the animal to be used in this expression? Why not dogs or cats or giraffes?
- AndreaLv 42 months ago
As far as I know, it's not a common saying/expression. I never hear it said. Its origin though comes from a music video that became popular/viral back in 2013 by an artist called Ylvis.
- Christin KLv 72 months ago
It's nowhere near a 'common' expression.
- VivianLv 42 months ago
"The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" is an electronic dance novelty song and viral video by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. The top trending video of 2013 on YouTube, "The Fox" was posted on the video-sharing website on 3 September 2013, and has received over 900 million views as of December 2019.
- curtisports2Lv 72 months ago
It is not exactly common. It's only a very recent addition to the language. The electronic dance song 'The Fox' by a Norwegian comedy act called Ylvis went viral in 2013 and a children's book soon came out and was a smash success.
Had they called it 'The Dog' and had it been the same success, then it would be 'what does the dog say'.
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- KateLv 72 months ago
I am 70, raised in the English language and have nver heard the expression before.
- bluebellbkkLv 72 months ago
Examine your statement first. You say that "What does the fox say?" is a common expression in English, and ask why.
Well, like other native English speakers here, I have never heard it in my life (70+).
Please, before asking 'Why?', first establish whether it's actually true at all. As it ISN'T a common expression in English, your question fails.
- Karen LLv 72 months ago
I've been speaking and reading English--and reading a lot of it--for over 60 years and have never heard or seen that expression.
- Anonymous2 months ago
It is because everyone knows the conventional sounds cats dogs cows horses etc make but they don't know what the fox says (which is a sound that is difficult to describe - more like a crying baby). Foxes do tend to be more common that giraffes in my part of the world but this is not really a common expression, more of a cultural reference amongst those who know the song.
- dripLv 72 months ago
In the USA, I have never heard it used.
- BlueNinjaLoveLv 52 months ago
It just comes from a silly song... Can't say I've heard of it becoming a "common expression," though.