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viernes, 24 de abril de 2015

Idiom of the week: It ain't over until the fat lady sings

Imagine you're watching a football game. Your team are losing, the situation doesn't seem to get any better, and a friend of yours keeps pestering you on how terribly they're playing. However, you still trust things can change before the end of the match. That's when you tell your dear friend, 'Hey, shut up! It ain't over until the fat lady sings!'

And you're right! We shouldn't anticipate the outcome of a situation before it has finished for good. Things may turn around unexpectedly in the last second.

I think this is a fun idiom, but it needs explaining. Why the fat lady? Why the singing? According to many sources, there exists a stereotype for opera sopranos which depicts most of them (if not all) as being irreverently overweight. Some of these sopranos perform their solo by the end of the show, and some even sing the very last line of the whole opera.

So, both literally and figuratively, the show's definitely not over until the fat lady sings.

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