July 20, 2006

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings

Posted in Idioms at 10:10 am by Feng

It ain’t (isn’t) over till the fat lady sings — until something has officially finished, the result is uncertain [UsingEnglish]

This is a rather amusing phrase I learned from this article (in Chinese). In the early days of the opera play, the performance was often ended by a fat lady, singing in a high-pitched tone (you could catch a glimpse of a really fat lady in the article). The word “ain’t” seemed alien to me. Then someone explained to me that it is exactly the same as “isn’t”. On the other hand, I come to like this “ain’t”; it is not only original, but also colloquial.

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