Where does the phrase- "When the shit hits the fan."- come from?
I've always wanted to know.
The earliest citation I know of for the phrase ... 'wait till the shit hits the fan,' is in the 1967 edition of "A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English" by Eric Partridge which cites the phrase as Canadian beginning some time in the 1930s.
"Wait till the major hears that! Then the shit'll hit the fan!" is the example he cites.
Who cares.........it's just funny and rolls off the tongue easily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There was originally a phrase "when the feathers hit the fan", then someone decided to update it. I don't remember hearing it before the late 1980s.
by Ann Carr 8 years ago
Where does the expression 'to boot' come from?For example: 'He was a brilliant mathematician and a good artist to boot.' Probably an old-fashioned phrase now but interesting nonetheless.
by Myn Is Me 9 years ago
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