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It aint over till the fat lady sings

Posted by Tiamat on May 07, 2010 at 14:53

A phrase used all the time now is 'it aint over till the fat lady sings.'
This makes no sense in operatic terms since the fat lady usually sang in the first act. I heard the phrase originally as: it 'aint over till the fat lady dies'. This is more usual in opera and makes sense. Does anyone else remember the original?