Posted by Bob on April 04, 2006
In Reply to: Every time a coconut! posted by David FG on April 04, 2006
: : Does anyone know the correct usage and origin of the phrase " Every time a coconut!"?
: It comes from the fairground game in which balls are thrown at coconuts balanced on poles. If you manage to knock over a coconut you win it. Hence, in your phrase, 'every one is a winner': you win every time.
This is, I presume, strictly UK usage? I'd never heard it stateside, so I went googling. Many of the quotes dug up by google could be translated "every time," as if the "a coconut" were superfluous. I didn't get a strong sense that "winning" was as much an issue as inevitability. Did I mis-read the results?