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Where does the phrase- "When the shit hits the fan."- come from?

  1. Justin Muir profile image91
    Justin Muirposted 5 years ago

    Where does the phrase- "When the shit hits the fan."- come from?

    I've always wanted to know. 

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  2. drbj profile image81
    drbjposted 5 years ago

    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.

  3. rutley profile image74
    rutleyposted 5 years ago

    Who cares.........it's just funny and rolls off the tongue easily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Mazzy Bolero profile image80
    Mazzy Boleroposted 5 years ago

    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.

 
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