Posted by Word Camel on October 03, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Tears before Bedtime posted by TheFallen on October 02, 2004
: : This is a fairly common phrase in the UK. It's a portend of crisis to come. So, perhaps someone at a party is drunkenly singing ABBA songs while his/her spouse looks on with disgust. The phrase would apply then. Any ideas about its origin? We don't seem to have it on the site at all.
: No idea as to origin, but very similarly ominous is the expression "it's all good fun until someone gets their eye poked out", also in humorous usage here in the UK.
My grandmother applied a similar expression once to a pillow fight. We thought this was silly, se we waited until she was out of sight and carried on. Then in some sort of bizarre cosmic twist I was badly scratched in the eye by the corner of a pillow. It just goes to show...