Posted by Ded on December 24, 2003
In Reply to: Archives on pear-shaped posted by R. Berg on December 24, 2003
: : "When things go pear-shaped" apparently means something goes wrong or turns out in some unexpected way. Google has only a few hundred hits. Cecking several it seems to be used in many contexts; software, soccar and the spiritual life.
: : Any thoughts on when, where or why "when things go pear-shaped" originated.
: Typing "pear" in the Search the Archives box will produce the explanation.
Typing "pear" in the Search the Archives box produces dozens of redundant instructions to go search the archives and one paragraph about airplanes which doesn't add much explain why it would be used in such a wide variety of contexts today as a google search on gone pear shaped and airplane doesn't find much either. BTW, why do we have to search the archives of a phrase board using a single word?