In the Midterm Elections, the Fat Lady Has Not Yet Sung
In America there is a saying that “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”
I had always assumed it was a Yogi Berra comment about baseball—and it may well be, because Yogi was a wealth-fund of such sayings, although the provenance of the phrase is cloudy. The reference there applied to the final aria in opera, when the ofttimes overweight diva (playing the part of a young and attractive damsel) brought down the final curtain with her lung-power.
Yet there is another possibility I find interesting that has to do with steamships. In those old times the huge steam engines that drove such ships were called ‘the fat lady.’ Crews on shore-leave amused themselves with whoring and drinking until the whistle blew, summoning them back aboard. They called that ‘the fat lady singing’ and shore-leave was not over until the fat lady sings. Interesting, the paths upon which Google sets one’s feet.
But everyone was wrong in their assessment of the about-to-happen midterm elections, accept me
I told anyo…