In a recent Pit thread, someone made the following comment:
I’ve seen others here use the term “dog pile” in the same sense: that is, a bunch of people all jumping on someone at the same time. Does anyone know the etymology of this term? I don’t know about others, but I’ve never seen a literal pile of dogs. I’ve seen piles of ferrets, piles of rats, and piles of pigs, but so far it doesn’t seem that piling is a particularly common dog behaviour. Do dogs really organize themselves into piles? If so, is this where the term originated?
I did some Googling and found some people speculating that “dog pile” is actually a scatological reference—i.e., short for “a pile of dog feces”—so the act of dog piling is supposed to evoke heaping doggie doo on someone. Is there any truth to this?