“ It ain’t over till ( or until ) the fat lady sings “ is a colloquialism which is frequently used as a proverb. It means that one should not presume to know the result of an event which is still in advancement. More specifically, the phrase is used when a situation is ( or appears to be ) nearing its termination. It cautions against assuming that the current state of an event is irreversible and clearly determines how or when the event will end. The phrase is most normally used in association with organized competitions, particularly sports .
definition [edit ]
The give voice is broadly understand to be a reference to opera sopranos, who were traditionally amply contoured. The imagination of Wagner ‘s opera hertz Der Ring des Nibelungen and its last part, Götterdämmerung, is typically used in depictions accompanying uses of the phrase. The “ fat dame ” is thus the valkyrie Brünnhilde, who was traditionally presented as a very bosomy lady. Her farewell fit lasts about twenty dollar bill minutes and leads directly to the finale of the whole Ring Cycle. [ 1 ] As Götterdämmerung is about the end of the world ( or at least the populace of the Norse gods ), in a very significant way “ it is [ all ] over when the fatty lady sings. ”
The order has become so well known that it was the topic of an article in the journal Obesity Reviews. [ 2 ]
attribution [edit ]
The first recorded use appeared in the Dallas Morning News on March 10, 1976 : [ 3 ]
Despite his obvious commitment to the Red Raiders, Texas Tech sports information director Ralph Carpenter was the picture of master objectivity when the Aggies rallied for a 72–72 draw late in the SWC tournament finals. “ Hey, Ralph, ” said Bill Morgan, “ this … is going to be a compressed one after all. ” “ Right ”, said Ralph, “ the opera own ’ t over until the fatty lady sings. ”
In the lapp newspaper on November 26, 2006, Steve Blow [ who? ] followed up the discovery by contacting Bill Morgan [ who? ] about the incident : [ 4 ]
Bill vividly remembers the gloss and the hubbub it caused throughout the compress box. He always assumed it was coined on the spot. “ Oh, yeah, it was vintage Carpenter. He was one of the world ’ s funniest guys, ” said Bill, a rival for that title himself.
The 1976 function of the phrase was discovered by Fred R. Shapiro, who published it in The Yale Book of Quotations. It had previously been attributed to sportswriter and broadcaster Dan Cook, who used the idiom after the first basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Bullets ( now the Washington Wizards ) during the 1978 NBA Playoffs. Cook used the line to illustrate that while the Spurs had won once, the serial was not over yet. [ 5 ] Shapiro called this a noteworthy example of misattribution. [ 6 ]
Phrases with like meanings [edit ]
- “The game isn’t over until the final out” is an older aphorism pertaining to baseball, meaning that even if one team is behind, they always have a chance of winning until the third out of the final inning completes the game.
- “It ain’t over till it’s over”, a variation of the above phrase popularized by baseball player Yogi Berra.
- “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”, a well-known saying which originated in the 16th century.
- “The future isn’t carved in stone”, “nothing is carved in stone” or “it isn’t carved in stone” is a phrase meaning that the future can always be changed.
- “Non dire gatto se non ce l’hai nel sacco” once cited in English as “Don’t say cat if you don’t have it in the sac (bag)” is an Italian saying that became popular thanks to the football trainer Giovanni Trapattoni, is used in informal and funny contexts.