June 14, 2012 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm #603792shmoelMember
Where did the expression come from and what does it mean? And why, davka, a fat lady?
And is it an issue of kol isha?June 14, 2012 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #879774WolfishMusingsParticipant
Where did the expression come from and what does it mean?
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(MODS: I know you normally don’t allow links, but I feel this deserves an exception.)June 14, 2012 9:00 pm at 9:00 pm #8797752scentsParticipant
how did you do that?June 14, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm #879776Doodle-Man™MemberJune 14, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm #879778Sam2Participant
Ha, Wolf, I love that site. It’s rudeness is both hilarious and amazing.June 14, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm #879779wanderingchanaParticipant
LOL Wolf!!June 14, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm #879780The FrumguyParticipant
At the end of an opera, there usually is a finale with the star of the cast (usually the women in opera are “slightly plump”) singing the last song. So the expression “it ain’t over till the fat lady sings” means that the end of the performance (or anything else) is signaled by “the fat lady singing.”June 14, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm #879781ItcheSrulikMember
Because when a fat lady sings anything that was happening stops and everyone starts arguing about kol b’isha erva and various exceptions both real and imagined. (Popa, am I doing this right?)June 15, 2012 2:23 am at 2:23 am #879782farmishtMember
In opera the female star of the show who has a powerful voice is one the main parts and is usually well built.
The show isn’t over until she sings. Hence, “The show isn’t over until the fat lady sings.”June 15, 2012 3:35 am at 3:35 am #879783oomisParticipant
ANd did not Babe Ruth say, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over…?”June 15, 2012 4:06 am at 4:06 am #879784WolfishMusingsParticipant
ANd did not Babe Ruth say, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over…?”
The WolfJune 15, 2012 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm #879785BTGuyParticipant
It is an expression of misery.
It started when a man was forced to go to the opera with his wife.
45 minutes into the opera the man was ready to plotz. Looking at his watch every minute,and after what seemed like hours, he turned to his wife and said he could not take it anymore, and was begging to know if they can leave now.
His wife calmly turned to him and said, “We are not leaving. It aint over until the fat lady over there sings”. At that point, the man shot himself.
The irony is that this story was subsequently made into an opera.
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