Sunday, November 21, 2010

It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings

Not the best English but that's how it's spoken.

Ain't - a very common abbreviation of is not.

But what does this mean?

It means something is not over until the very end.

It's a quote of a theatre and film performer from the 1900's called Groucho Marx and refers to the custom of Wagner operas ending with a big finale from a large lady.

Here's Groucho in action - you'll need to listen carefully - he speaks quickly and his jokes are sharper than a carving knife. Usually, he's trying to con money out of people.