Posted by Masakim on October 31, 2001
In Reply to: Eagle flies - the posted by R. Berg 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.
The eagle is said to fly, moult, scream, s h i t, squawk, and walk on payday.
The eagle -- money. On payday, the eagle flies. (Halgrove, _Private Hargrove_, 1941)
XXIII. MILITARY 868-896. Army 895 Miscellaneous subjects 13. MONEY. ... eagle day, when the eagle flies _or_ s h i ts, Uncle Sam's party, _payday_ .... (L.V. Berrey & M. Van den Bark, _The American Thesaurus of Slang, Second Edition_
eagle day _n phr_ _WWII armed forces_ Payday [fr the _eagle depicted on US currency, and the fact that the eagle is said to fly or s h i t or scream on payday] (R.L. Chapman, _Dictionary of American Slang, Third Edition_, 1995)