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 shits on Friday," "the eagle shits 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, shit, 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_ shits, 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 shit or scream on payday] (R.L. Chapman, _Dictionary of American Slang, Third Edition_, 1995)