Posted by R. Berg on October 31, 2001
In Reply to: Eagle flies - the posted by Tom on October 31, 2001
: What is the orgin of "the eagle flies" as a reference to payday
According to Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British," the eagle is "that which figures on the US dollar." Partridge doesn't give your version of the saying; he has "the golden eagle s h i ts on Friday," "the eagle s h i ts on pay day," and "the golden eagle lays its eggs," all of British or American military origin, from World War II or earlier.