Posted by James Briggs on January 11, 2002
In Reply to: Origin of the phrase "old ... never die; they just ..." posted by Becker on January 11, 2002
: I have long been wondering about the origin of the often-used phrase "old ... never die; they just".
: In my school, there used to be an inscription saying "old teachers never die; they just lose their class".
: Would anyone know the origin of this phrase ? Did anyone famous utter it for the first time ?
: Thanks in advance for any help,
: D. Becker
Back in the early 1900s in Britain there was a phrase - still heard from time to time - 'old soldiers never die, they just fade away'. This may have come from a music hall song, but I'm far from sure. Just a suggestion as to a possible origin.