Where Did the Expression “Frog in His Throat” Come From and What Does the Phrase Mean?

The expression “frog in your throat” doesn’t come from sounding like a frog because you have a cold or sore throat.

It originates from an actual Middle Ages medical treatment for a throat infection.

Doctors believed that if a live frog was placed head-first into a patient’s mouth the animal would inhale the cause of the hoarseness into its own body.

Thankfully, the practice is long gone, but the expression lives on.

We say when someone has a raspy voice that he has a “frog in his throat”.

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